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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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I in my knowing and confession of not - knowing become hypervisible as a thinking cogito . So , as much as I might want to claim otherwise , I am Descartes and I have rejected the possibility that I could be a shard of glassor ...
We might , at first glance , conclude that Foucault is using the Nephew to turn Descartes with his cogito into a madman , as Derrida does in his famous critique of Madness . “ The act of the Cogito is valid even if I am mad , even if ...
See Derrida , " Cogito and History of Madness " ; for the original see Derrida , “ Cogito et histoire de la folie . ” 47. Winnubst , Queering Freedom , p . 138 . 48. Ibid . , p . 138 . 49. Dreyfus and Rabinow , Michel Foucault , p .
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