Discipline and critique: Kant, poststructuralism, and the by Andrew Cutrofello

By Andrew Cutrofello

Andrew Cutrofello demonstrates that during gentle of Michel Foucault's genealogical criticisms of the juridical version of energy, it really is attainable to improve a postjuridical version of Kantian critique. Recasting video game theory's celebrated "prisoner's challenge" in Foucauldian phrases, Cutrofello illuminates the recommendations of mutual betrayal that educate our bodies to cause themselves into complicity with forces of subjugation. He indicates how a genealogically reformulated model of Kantian ethics grants the elemental parameters of a "discipline of resistance" to such forces, and he argues for a extra nuanced review of the stakes considering the death of philosophy as a disciplinary formation. alongside the best way, Cutrofello provides interesting readings of Kant's personal "care of the self" ethic, drawing at the conceptual assets of Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Lacan, and Luce Irigaray. This tour-de-force will recommended social theorists to reassess the way in which strength features in our modern/postmodern global.

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46 Yet, Foucault cautions against construing the care for the self as a liberating practice, on the grounds that the concept of liberation is a dangerous one. Moreover, exactly what an effective care-of-the-self ethic might involve Foucault does not specify. While he refuses to characterize a care-of-the-self ethic as an all-encompassing strategy for resistance, his conception comes close to the idea of a discipline of resistance. That a Foucauldian could advocate any sort of disciplinary program as a means of resistance might seem strange to those who take his ethics to be an imperative to resist power in all < previous page page_44 If you like this book, buy it!

At times, Foucault seems to take the possibility of nonjuridical judging to be a sufficient basis for an ethical philosophy. At other times, he rather romantically seeks to refuse to make any judgments whatsoever, especially ethical ones. However, such romanticism amounts to little more than the dream of being outside of power altogetherand Foucault, himself, has done more than anyone else to disillusion us of this dream. The power/knowledge equation proves that even genealogy must, of itself, be an exercise of powerand, thus, an exercise of judgment.

While her argument is compellingand I agree with her conclusionsI would highlight the fact that Kant's various strategies are intended to function as ways of resisting disciplinary control of bodies. His overarching aim, after all, is to obviate the need for medical intervention in people's lives. Kant's text can cut two ways. On the one hand, it reads like just another primer for how to make oneself a docile body. At the same time however, it purports to be a guideline for how to keep one's body free from medical intervention.

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