Critical Resistance: From Poststructuralism to Post-Critique by David Couzens Hoy

By David Couzens Hoy

This e-book serves as either an creation to the idea that of resistance in poststructuralist concept and an unique contribution to the ongoing philosophical dialogue of this subject. How can a physique of inspiration that mistrusts common rules clarify the potential for severe resistance? with no appeals to summary norms, how can emancipatory resistance be exclusive from domination? Can there be a poststructuralist ethics? David Hoy explores those an important questions via lucid readings of Nietzsche, Foucault, Bourdieu, Derrida, and others. He strains the family tree of resistance from Nietzsche's holiday with the Cartesian notion of recognition to Foucault's and Bourdieu's theories of ways matters are shaped via embodied social practices. He additionally considers Levinas, Heidegger, and Derrida at the resources of moral resistance. eventually, in mild of present social idea from Judith Butler to Slavoj Zizek, he demanding situations "poststructuralism" as a class and indicates the time period "post-critique" as a extra exact description of up to date Continental philosophy.Hoy is a number one American pupil of poststructuralism. serious Resistance is the single ebook in English that bargains substantively with the topical thought of resistance in terms of poststructuralist notion, discussions of that have ruled Continental social suggestion for a few years.

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At the end of each chapter I include reflections that transcend poststructuralism and that therefore require another label. ’ To explain this substitution, let me emphasize again that poststructuralism is only a term of convenience for classifying French philosophers whose work became important as the influence of the structuralist human sciences declined. However, as soon as structuralism is no longer a contender, the designator ‘poststructuralism’ also loses its contrast class and ceases to have a point.

Critique cannot rest its case simply on an appeal to the facts if what counts as factual is a function of the interpretive purposes and goals that determine which features of the situation are selected as salient. In the hermeneutic tradition understanding is therefore described as a circle. The hermeneutic circle is often stated in terms of the relation between part and whole: the whole cannot be understood without an understanding of its parts, but the parts cannot be understood without an understanding of the whole.

Whether the poststructuralist reading of Nietzsche is correct or not is, of course, a contested question. The French readings of Nietzsche that appeared since the 1960s may in turn be unimaginable apart from the philosophical interests of the poststructuralists. Why does so much hang on reading Nietzsche? The most straightforward answer is that Nietzsche is the antidote to the Cartesian conception of the subject that infects Kant, Hegel, Husserl, and Sartre despite their efforts to criticize or even to reject the cogito.

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