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Radical Philosophy Review

Volume 9, Issue 1, 2006

Mariana Ortega
Pages 45-64

Phenomenological Encuentros
Existential Phenomenology and Latin American & U.S. Latina Feminism

Heideggerian existential phenomenology remains largely ignored by Latin American feminists due to their preference for more Marxist and Sartrean philosophies. But its influence on Latin American feminism can be felt through the work of thinkers such as Beauvoir and Irigaray, who have had a great impact on Latin American feminists’ involvement in political movements and development of theories. The aim of this essay is to discuss ways in which Latin American and U.S. Latina feminists have been influenced by phenomenology’s commitment to lived experience, but have yet to embrace existential phenomenology in an explicit manner.

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