To Be Born: Birth, Existence, and Responsibility

In this event, world-renowned philosopher Luce Irigaray will speak about her new book, To Be Born, which reflects upon the nature of human existence through an analysis of birth. Examining the mysteries of human origins, Irigaray will discuss the ways in which, despite the accidents of our birth, we can take responsibility for our own lives. Respondents Tanja Staehler and Mahon O’Brien will consider the philosophical, practical, and political implications of Irigaray’s claims.

This event was part of LSE Literary Festival 2017: Revolutions


Luce Irigaray, Director of Research in Philosophy, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

Mahon O’Brien, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Sussex

Tanja Staehler, Reader in Philosophy, University of Sussex


Danielle Sands, Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

Recorded on 25 February 2017


Online Module for Midwives

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