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Judith Butler
Butler in March 2012
Full name Judith Butler
Born Judith Pamela Butler
February 24, 1956 (1956-02-24) (age 63)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Era 20th-/21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
  • Continental philosophy
  • third-wave feminism
  • critical theory
  • queer theory
  • postmodernism
  • post-structuralism
  • performative turn
Main interests
  • Feminist theory
  • political philosophy
  • ethics
  • psychoanalysis
  • phenomenology
  • discourse
  • embodiment
  • sexuality
  • gender theory
  • Jewish philosophy
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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