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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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More specifically, Foucauldian eros helps us to delineate a postmoral ethics—a
rethinking of the relation between subjectivity and truth in the face of the other—
that implicitly engages the political question of governmentality and freedom.
And, if transformation is in fact a movement as freedom—or rather, if, as we have
seen, the ontological condition of change is freedom—that freedom is itself
conditioned. In History of Madness modern freedom is conditioned by the
hospital, the ...
I have called this eros a political ethic by insisting on Foucault's engagement with
governmentality in the context of practices of freedom. In Foucault and the Art of
Ethics, Timothy O'Leary similarly calls Foucault's “art of freedom” the most ...
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