Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I like this riff on Foucault

Michel Foucault
Twenty-five years ago you couldn't cocoa your cappuccino without someone accusing you of floating a signifier, much less close down the, ahem, discourse with a simple "I prefer my coffee that way". Who is this mythic "I", the theorists wanted to know, and how could he presume to know what he prefers? Has he forgotten he's as fictional as Oliver Twist or Mrs Dalloway? Doesn't he know that his likes and dislikes are as ideologically determined as the medium-term financial strategy? -- Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy Since 1960 by Gary Gutting – review
Think I'll give it to my Philosophy of Ed students to unpack.

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