Judith Butler

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Judith Butler
Butler in March 2012
Judith Pamela Butler

(1956-02-24) February 24, 1956 (age 65)
EducationBennington College
Yale University (BA, MA, PhD)
Partner(s)Wendy Brown
Era20th-/21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorMaurice Natanson
Main interests
Notable ideas

Judith Butler (born February 24, 1956) is an American philosopher. She was born in Ohio. She got her PhD in philosophy from Yale University in 1984.[2] She lives in Berkeley, California, with her partner Wendy Brown. In 1990 her book Gender Trouble was published by Routledge. It is considered an important work in modern feminism.[3] In the book Butler talks about her theory of gender performativity, which is that gender, along with sex and sexuality, is something you "perform" rather than an expression of human biology. In other politics, she has supported Palestine[4] and the Democratic Party, including Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris.[5]

Early life[change | change source]

Butler was born in Ohio and went to Hebrew school. She studied at Bennington College in the 70s[6] before moving on to study philosophy at Yale University.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ryzik, Melena (August 22, 2012). "Pussy Riot Was Carefully Calibrated for Protest". The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  2. http://www.egs.edu/faculty/judith-butler/biography/
  3. Butler, Judith (February 15, 1999). "Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity". Routledge – via Open WorldCat.[permanent dead link]
  4. Falcone, Daniel. "Judith Butler: On Israel, Palestine and Unacceptable Dimensions of the Status Quo". Truthout. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  5. Norton, Ben (February 2, 2020). "Postmodern philosopher Judith Butler repeatedly donated to 'top cop' Kamala Harris". Medium. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  6. "Judith Butler | Bennington College". www.bennington.edu. Retrieved October 25, 2020.