Out of the Depths: Women's Experience of Evil and Salvation

By Ivone Gebara; Ann Patrick Ware | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 1
women's experience of evil

By examining women's experience of evil, by listening to women about what makes their experience different, we can come to understand the specificity of evil as women live it. At the very heart of women's experience of suffering we may discover the meaning of evil and try to understand its power. But in attempting /> to do so, we need to listen to voices with many tonalities, to take account of particular nuances in their cries, to note the difference in their plaints and their sufferings. We need to identify new places, those not yet sufficiently recognized, where evil flourishes.

My work takes its direction from words about particular lives, that is, women's lives; my approach is based on a feminist phenomenology, an attempt to explore women's experiences, especially the harmful ones. In analyzing women's experience of evil, I do not intend to develop a systematic theory of phenomenology as Edmund Husserl, Paul Ricoeur, and others have done, but I have drawn freely from their insights in exploring the testimony of the witnesses cited in this chapter. Here in this book I employ the words women use to describe the suffering of their daily lives.


A Feminist Phenomenology

Phenomenology is one way to approach reality. It reveals the mundane existence of most people, not only as it actually is but also as we interpret it. It opens the way for different perspectives and starting points for dealing with the same subject. That is why this

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Translator's Note vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - Women's Experience of Evil 13
  • Chapter 2 - Evil and Gender 61
  • Chapter 3 - The Evil Women Do 95
  • Chapter 4 - Women's Experience of Salvation 109
  • Chapter 5 - God for Women 145
  • Epilogue 175
  • Notes 183
  • A Select Bibliography 199
  • Index 205
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