Judith Butler

  • Sari Roman-LagerspetzEmail author
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Judith Butler (1956-) is an American political philosopher. The main thread in Butler’s works is to explore the relation between desire and recognition and the constitution of the human subject. For Butler, recognition always contains an aspect of misrecognition. Recognition necessarily excludes something important. Thus, it is a never-ending process. Butler’s ideas have proved influential in feminism, gender studies and queer studies.


Judith Butler (1956-) Recognition Desire Hegel Misrecognition 


  1. Butler, Judith. 1987/1999. Subjects of desire. Hegelian reflections in twentieth-century France. New York: Columbia University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Butler, Judith. 1993. Bodies that matter. On the discursive limits of “sex”. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  3. Butler, Judith. 1997a. The psychic life of power. Stanford: Stanford University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Butler, Judith. 1997b. Excitable speech. A politics of the performative. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  5. Chambers, Samuel A., and Terrell Carver. 2008. Judith Butler and political theory. Troubling politics. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinnland

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