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Judith Pamela Butler

(1956-02-24) February 24, 1956 (age 66)
Alma mater Yale University
Partner(s) Wendy Brown
Era 20th-/21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
  • Continental philosophy
  • third-wave feminism
  • critical theory
  • queer theory
  • postmodernism
  • post-structuralism
  • performative turn
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor Maurice Natanson
Main interests
Notable ideas

Judith Butler (born February 24, 1956) is an American philosopher. She was born in Ohio. She got her Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University in 1984. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her partner Wendy Brown. In 1990 Gender Trouble was published by Routledge. It is considered one of the key works of contemporary feminism. In the book Butler talks about her theory of gender performativity which is something you "perform" rather than an expression of human biology.

Early life

Butler was born in Ohio. She went to Hebrew school. She studied Philosophy at Yale University.

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