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Towards a New Human Being

  • Luce Irigaray
  • Mahon O'Brien
  • Christos Hadjioannou


  • Explores the key ideas from Irigaray’s most recent book, To Be Born

  • Includes contributions from doctoral candidates specializing in Irigaray’s philosophy

  • Covers topics and themes that testify to the continuing relevance, vibrancy, and profundity of Luce Irigaray’s thought


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. A Different Way of Bringing Up and Educating Children

  3. Constitution of a New Environment and Sociocultural Milieu

  4. Questioning the Philosophical Background of Our Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Andrew Bevan
      Pages 167-184
    3. Christos Hadjioannou
      Pages 185-197
    4. Mahon O’Brien
      Pages 221-241
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 243-264

About this book


With my own introduction and epilogue, Towards a New Human Being gathers original essays by early career researchers and established academic figures in response to To Be Born, my most recent book. The contributors approach key issues of this book from their own scientific fields and perspectives – through calls for a different way of bringing up and educating children, the constitution of a new environmental and sociocultural milieu or the criticism of past metaphysics and the introduction of new themes into the philosophical horizon. However, all the essays which compose the volume correspond to proposals for the advent of a new human being – so answering the  subtitle of To Be Born: Genesis of a New Human Being. To Be Born thus acts as a background from which each author had the opportunity to develop and think in their own way. As such Towards a New Human Being  is part of a longer-term undertaking in which I engaged together and in dialogue with more or less confirmed thinkers with a view to giving birth to a new human being and building a new world.

–Luce Irigaray


Educating Children New World Dialogue New Human Being Birth

Editors and affiliations

  • Luce Irigaray
    • 1
  • Mahon O'Brien
    • 2
  • Christos Hadjioannou
    • 3
  1. 1.ParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of SussexBrightonUK
  3. 3.School of PhilosophyUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

About the editors

Luce Irigaray is one of the leading thinkers of our age. She is the author of more than thirty books translated into various languages, the most recent of which are Sharing the World (2008), In the Beginning, She Was (2012) and Through Vegetal Being (co-authored with Michael Marder, 2016). She is also the co-editor (with Michael Marder) of Building a New World (2015), a volume in which early-career researchers from her seminars explore new ways of thinking, in order to promote a world-wide community respectful of differences between the sexes, generations, cultures and traditions.

Mahon O'Brien is senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Sussex, UK. His work is largely concerned with issues in phenomenology, in particular, the work of Martin Heidegger. He has published two books on Heidegger to date with another due to appear later this year. He is also interested in the history of philosophy more broadly and is currently working on a number of papers on Plato as well as some of the central themes in twentieth century phenomenology.

Christos Hadjioannou is IRC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland. He completed a PhD in Philosophy at Sussex University, UK, in 2015. His thesis was entitled The Emergence of Mood in Heidegger’s Phenomenology. His main research interest lies in Heidegger’s philosophy, with an emphasis on the affective elements of his thought. He has co-edited a volume on Heidegger on Technology (Routledge, 2018), and is currently editing a volume on Heidegger on Affect (Palgrave, forthcoming).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Towards a New Human Being
  • Editors Luce Irigaray
    Mahon O'Brien
    Christos Hadjioannou
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-03391-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-03392-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 264
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Continental Philosophy
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