Biography from Wikipedia:
Judith Butler is an American post-structuralist philosopher, who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy, and ethics. She is the Maxine Elliot professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
Butler received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University in 1984, and her dissertation was subsequently published as Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France. In the late-1980s, between different teaching/research appointments (such as at the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University), she was involved in "post-structuralist" efforts within Western feminist theory to question the "presuppositional terms" of feminism. Her most recent work focuses on Jewish philosophy, engaging in particular with "pre-Zionist criticisms of state violence."
Her major works are Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex" (1993), Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative (1997), Undoing Gender (2004), and Giving an Account of Oneself (2005).
With a self-centred Aries Ascendant ("I am [who?]"), Butler has written extensively on questions of identity politics. Moreover, this brave and headstrong rising sign is ruled by Mars in thoughtful Sagittarius on her MC (both in the philosophical Ninth House), so Butler is recognized as a "pioneering theorist of gender" known for her "intellectual courage." Moon in the Sagittarian decanate of Leo plus the trine from Jupiter-Pluto to Mars have continued to lean her further toward deep philosophical inquiry, while Venus rising in Aries in rulership of the Second House (of materiality and corporeality) explains the impact of her landmark text, Bodies that Matter, upon contemporary thought in the Humanities. And influential Moon, Jupiter and Pluto all in the playful Fifth House, along with Sun in dramatic Pisces ruling the Fifth from the Twelfth House cusp no doubt helped prompt her signature concept of gender and sex as "performative"!
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