Chapter V. Michèle Le Doeuff
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Michèle Le Doeuff was born in 1948, and currently holds a research post in the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris). She previously taught at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Fontenay-aux¬Roses). Her work is united by certain thematic lines of enquiry, though it is quite disparate in appearance. The impressive body of her historical work on Francis Bacon, and the history of science, is less well-known in Anglo-Saxon countries than her work on feminism, and the idea of the subject. Outside France she is particularly identified by her work on the philosophic 'imaginary'. Her own exploration of this theme gives her historical writing and her contemporary writing a consistency which turns on certain observations about philosophical method. Some of these observations are gender-based, but all could be described as critical: there is an enquiry into philosophy itself in Le Doeuff's work.