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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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ship of fools , on the other hand , symbolizes the philosophical possibility that the
act of thinking itself pushes thought toward madness . In the passage I've just
quoted , Deleuze reads the ship of fools to name the impossibility of thinking at
( 1981–82 ) , captures the generative possibilities of this ethico - historical
paradox . ... to the persistence of the past , articulates the possibility of our own
transformation , the possibility of our own becoming - other : “ to become again
what we ...
In the ethical relation of the subject to truth , spirituality is the possibility of
becoming - other : the subject “ must be changed , transformed , shifted , and
become , to some extent and up to a certain point , other than himself ” ( 15 ) .
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