David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (5):563-580 (2003)
In this article I consider Foucault's credentials as a postmodern `champion' of the `politics of difference'. First, however, I note that the familiar expression `the postmodern politics of difference' is in fact self-contradictory, or at least it is a contradiction in terms if we concede that the ongoing ethical/normative task confronting politics is the unifying or synthesizing of differences and if we accept, with pleasure or dismay, that postmodernism exhibits a profoundly suspicious attitude towards this ethical task and towards moral principles and normative positions generally. I then ask whether or not Foucault adopted a normative position that could provide the necessary ethical support for a `politics of difference'. I argue that it is possible to find an element of genuine normativity in Foucault's work by considering his views on the role of the intellectual, on the font of legitimacy, on grand theory and on essence. I also consider the work of some well-known recent commentators on Foucault who discuss this normative/political dimension of his work
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Samantha Ashenden & David Owen (eds.) (1999). Foucault Contra Habermas: Recasting the Dialogue Between Genealogy and Critical Theory. Sage.
Michael Dillon & Andrew W. Neal (eds.) (2008). Foucault on Politics, Security and War. Palgrave Macmillan.
Benda Hofmeyr (2006). The Power Not to Be (What We Are): The Politics and Ethics of Self-Creation in Foucault. Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (2):215-230.
Timothy O'Leary (1996). Foucault, Politics and the Autonomy of the Aesthetic. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 4 (2):273 – 291.
Dianna Taylor (2003). Practicing Politics with Foucault and Kant: Toward a Critical Life. Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (3):259-280.
Jana Sawicki (1986). Foucault and Feminism: Toward a Politics of Difference. Hypatia 1 (2):23 - 36.
Luisa Muraro (1987). On Conflicts and Differences Among Women. Hypatia 2 (2):139 - 141.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads25 ( #97,574 of 1,696,433 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #339,109 of 1,696,433 )
How can I increase my downloads?