Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Coping with Chaos in Pluralist America: Between Gender Oppression and the Foreclosure of Meaning Power Relations: Foucault Truth as Dis-closure: Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Gadamer 2. Hearing Gay Voices: Toward Building Community in a Pluralist Society Testifying to What It Means to Be Gay: McNeill and Evans The Nature of Testimony: Disclosure: Disclosing and Foreclosing Possibilities for Being in the World 3. Claiming One's Identity: A Constructivist/Narrativist Approach The Constructed Character of Gender Identity: Ricoeur and Butler The Narrative Character of Gender Identity: Ricoeur and Butler 4. Speaking What Has Yet to Be Said: The Call for Giving Voice to Responsive Narratives and to Hearing beyond Them The Story: Narrative Constructions Can We Talk The Story: Narrative Response-ability Levinas: Epilogue/Supplement (?) 5. Conflicting Stories/Controlling Narratives Stories That Marginalize Gays and Lesbians Reclaiming the Story: The Interplay of Sedimentation and Innovation Closing, But Not Concluding Notes Bibliography Index
Sean P. O'Connell is Professor of Philosophy at Albertus Magnus College.
"O'Connell's approach to the issues is refreshing. He offers a hermeneutical approach to understandings of gay and lesbian identity. His scholarship is first-rate. The breadth of his resources is quite amazing. Yet O'Connell provides concise, fair summaries of the wide range of philosophers and other scholars whom he engages so that his text remains accessible to those who have not read as widely as he. I am envious of his ability to make extremely difficult texts (for example, those of Judith Butler and Jurgen Habermas) accessible while at the same time doing justice to them. O'Connell's subject matter is one that demands making philosophy relevant to concepts of gender identity and political solidarity. He achieves that goal." - Sharon Meagher, The Union Institute "This book will be useful to understanding contemporary ethical theory, feminist theory and political theory. It will be helpful for people struggling with coming out and for those who have long since made themselves known. Importantly, it will serve as a handbook for coalition politics whether that politics involves issues of sexuality or not." - Alison Leigh Brown, author of Subjects of Deceit: A Phenomenology of Lying