Learning how to see: An interview with Judith Butler

Judith Butler, Gayle Salamon

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In this interview, Judith Butler remembers her teacher, the phenomenologist Maurice Natanson. Natanson observed that learning how to see is central to both teaching and learning, and Professor Butler reflects on Natanson's views of the relation between perception, pedagogy, and world-making. She discusses the possibilities and limits of phenomenology, and its engagements with intentionality, reason, and faith. Professor Butler also reflects on the influence of phenomenology on her theory of gender performativity as well as her recent work on bodies in alliance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-337
Number of pages19
JournalPhilosophy Today
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • Maurice Natanson
  • Pedagogy
  • Perception
  • Phenomenology


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