Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory
Columbia University Press, 2010 - 344 síğur
Michel Foucault was the first to embed the roots of human sexuality in discipline and biopolitics, therefore revolutionizing our conception of sex and its relationship to society, economics, and culture. Yet over the past two decades, scholars have limited themselves to the study of Foucault's History of Sexuality, volume 1 paying lesser attention to his equally explosive History of Madness. In this earlier volume, Foucault recasts Western rationalism as a project that both produces and represses sexual deviants, calling out the complicity of modern science and the exclusionary nature of family morality. By reclaiming these deft moves, Lynne Huffer teases out exciting new strands of Foucauldian thought. She then revisits the theorist's ethical work in light of these discoveries, divining an ethics of eros that sees sexuality as a lived experience we are repeatedly called on to remember. Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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In terms that are useful for their resonance with the Foucauldian critique of Descartes , Vikki Bell describes the logic of performativity as part of a broader philosophical rebellion against the Cartesian cogito : The notion of ...
The Cartesian moment , by contrast , denies the possibility of selftransformation : it denies the possibility of eros . This denial of eros forms the foundation of the modern sexual subject . For if , as I have argued , the Cartesian ...
In the Dartmouth lecture , Foucault repeats the critique of the Cartesian moment we have already seen in both Hermeneutics and Madness . Foucault refers to the philosophy of the subject that dominated Europe in the period preceding and ...
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