Radical Philosophy Review

Volume 17, Issue 1, 2014

What Is Radical Philosophy Today?

Joshua Mills-Knutsen
Pages 251-261

Challenging Allies
Audre Lorde as Radical Exemplar

In 1979, Audre Lorde delivered a paper at a conference celebrating feminism that proceeded to undermine the self-congratulatory tone of the participants by alerting them to the ways that they too were in need of radical critique. In this paper I explore the nature and importance of what it means to be radical by analyzing Lorde’s place within the broader trend of philosophical self-criticism as it specifically relates to the feminist movement. My goal is to argue that while radical theory must always stretch out toward the world, it must always turn back on itself in order to avoid the very injustices it seeks to correct.

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