Table of Contents

Book Cover; Title; Contents; Acknowledgements; INTRODUCTION FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY AND CONSTITUTIVE INSTABILITY; GENDER TROUBLE/CONSTITUTIVE TROUBLE; DECONSTRUCTION IN A RETROSPECTIVE TIME; LE DUFF, KOFMAN AND IRIGARAY AS THEORISTS OF CONSTITUTIVE INSTABILITY; JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU AND THE INCONSTANCY OF WOMAN; CONSTITUTIVE INSTABILITY IN ROUSSEAU'S DEFENCE OF NATURAL SEXUAL DIFFERENCE; OPERATIVE CONTRADICTION IN AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS; THE NOTORIOUS CONTRADICTIONS OF SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR; CONCLUSION; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Yielding Gender examines three crucial areas; the issue of gender as 'troubled'; deconstruction; and feminist criticism of the history of philosophy.