Foucault On ‘Blackmail Serving To Limit The Exercise Of Criticism’

In ‘Questions of Method: An Interview with Michel Foucault‘ (from After Philosophy: End or Transformation?, eds. Kenneth Baynes, James Bohman, and Thomas McCarthy, MIT Press, 1987, pp. 114), Foucault responds to the question of whether his writings in¬†Discipline and Punish had an ‘anaesthetizing effect’ on ‘social workers in prisons’: Paralysis isn’t the same thing asContinue reading “Foucault On ‘Blackmail Serving To Limit The Exercise Of Criticism’”

Philosophy, ‘Pseudo-Philosophy’, And Claiming To Be Philosophy

In his foreword to Jacques Bouveresse‘s Wittgenstein Reads Freud: The Myth of the Unconscious¬†(Princeton University Press, 1996, New French Thought Series), Vincent Descombes¬†writes: [S]cience alone is opposed by a counterfeit called ‘pseudo-science.’ ‘Pseudo-philosophy’ does not seem to be a term we can use, much as we might be tempted to when dealing with what weContinue reading “Philosophy, ‘Pseudo-Philosophy’, And Claiming To Be Philosophy”