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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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That coup is not only a shift in practices—from the ship of fools to confinement in
hospitals—but also and, more importantly, a shift in philosophical thinking about
the subject. Reason itself (ratio) becomes an “event” that not only divides the ...
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
59 Deleuzian coextensivity goes beyond such understandings of subjectivity as
sociologically and linguistically constructed to include subjectivation as a function
of thinking. Along these lines, in History of Madness Foucault's Nietzschean ...
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