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Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation

Beyond God the Father: Toward a
Philosophy of Women’s Liberation
Mary DalyBeacon Press1973

This book is in a real sense a sequel to The Church and the Second Sex, published in the late sixties, just before the contemporary tide of women’s liberation writings burst forth. The earlier book manifested some of the anger and ebullient hope that characterized the period immediately following the Second Vatican Council.

The perceptive reader will notice that essentially the same anger and the same hope are the wellsprings of this book, but that the focus has shifted and the perspective has been greatly radicalized. The transition to a wider and deeper perspective within the author’s own consciousness has been dramatic – as have been the five years between publication dates. For women involved in liberation, these have been years of intense living “on the boundary” – a veritable full generation of change measured by the accelerated time flow of this age.

Not for the timid, this brilliant book calls for nothing short of the overthrow of patriarchy itself.

The Village Voice

Mary Daly is the first modern feminist philosopher. She has written a brave, visionary, unforgettable book. I wish every woman would read it so that the bright prism of this sister’s mind could shimmer for them, as it did, in this volume, for me.

Robin Morgan

Table of Contents

The Problem, the Purpose, and the Method

Chapter 1: After the Death of God the Father
Chapter 2: Exorcising Evil from Eve: The Fall Into Freedom
Chapter 3: Beyond Christolatry: A World Without Models
Chapter 4: Transvaluation of Values: The End of Phallic Morality
Chapter 5: The Bonds of Freedom: Sisterhood as Antichurch~
Chapter 6: Sisterhood as Cosmic Covenant
Chapter 7: The Final Cause: The Cause of Causes