Research in Phenomenology 39 (1):52-68 (2009)

Paul Gyllenhammer
St. John's University
Husserl and Foucault appear to have little in common when it comes to the question of normality. Husserl often discusses the emergence or constitution of norms from a subjective perspective whereas Foucault targets norms as a coercive problem. But if we recognize that the body is the locus of concern for both thinkers, then we can see that Husserl's interest in norm optimization is at home with Foucault's genealogical critique of bio-power . The essay draws a line of comparison between Husserl and Foucault around the idea of an optimizing practice
Keywords affection   optimization   normality   coercion   deviancy
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/156916408x389631
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,107
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Normality as a Biological Concept.Robert Wachbroit - 1994 - Philosophy of Science 61 (4):579-591.
Husserl's Phenomenological Discovery of the Natural Attitude.Sebastian Luft - 1998 - Continental Philosophy Review 31 (2):153-170.
Husserl: An Analysis of His Phenomenology.Paul Ricœur - 1967 - Northwestern University Press.
The Concept of Harm and the Significance of Normality.Guy Kahane & Julian Savulescu - 2012 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 29 (3):318.


Added to PP index

Total views
50 ( #215,200 of 2,454,678 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,768 of 2,454,678 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes