Mary Daly

(American, 1928–2010)
  • Christopher D. Rodkey
Part of the Radical Theologies and Philosophies book series (RADT)


Always a controversial and divisive figure, Mary Daly is one of the first feminist philosophers of religion and has been deeply influential upon later religious and feminist thought—positively and negatively. Although she is best known for her book Beyond God the Father, this chapter proposes that Daly’s most important and key work directly engages and expounds upon 1960s radical theology. Further, here Daly’s lesser-known, and more radical philosophy, is explained, along with a discussion of her critics, especially Audre Lorde.

Works Cited

  1. Daly, Mary. 1968. The Church and the Second Sex. New York: Harper & Row.Google Scholar
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  3. ———. 1973. Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation. Boston: Beacon.Google Scholar
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  5. ———. 1978. Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism. Boston: Beacon.Google Scholar
  6. ———. 1984. Pure Lust: Elemental Feminist Philosophy. Boston: Beacon.Google Scholar
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  9. ———. 2006. Amazon Grace: Re-Calling the Courage to Sin Big. New York: Palgrave.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher D. Rodkey
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  1. 1.St. Paul’s United Church of ChristDallastownUSA

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