French philosopher Luce Irigaray has become one of the twentieth
century's most influential feminist thinkers. Among her many
writings are three books (with a projected fourth) in which she
challenges the Western tradition's construals of human beings'
relations to the four elements--earth, air, fire, and water--and to
nature. In answer to Heidegger's undoing of Western metaphysics as
a "forgetting of Being," Irigaray seeks in this work to begin to
think out the Being of sexedness and the sexedness of Being.
This volume is the first English translation of L'oubli de l'air
chez Martin Heidegger (1983). In this complex, lyrical, meditative
engagement with the later work of the eminent German philosopher,
Irigaray critiques Heidegger's emphasis on the element of earth as
the ground of life and speech and his "oblivion" or forgetting of
With the other volumes (Elemental Passions and Marine Lover of
Friedrich Nietzsche, published elsewhere) in Irigaray's "elemental"
series, The Forgetting of Air offers a fundamental rereading of
basic tenets in Western metaphysics. And with its emphasis on
dwelling and human habitation, it will be important reading not
only in the humanities but also in architecture and the
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