Kant, Foucault, and Forms of Experience

Kant, Foucault, and Forms of Experience

By: Marc Djaballah (author)Hardback

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This study presents the theoretical apparatus of Foucault's early historical analyses as a version of Kantian criticism. In an initial textual exposition, the author attempts to distill a unified discursive practice from Kant's theoretical writings, arguing for Foucault's proximity to Kant on the basis of this reconstruction, by showing that his studies are modeled on this way of thinking. By recasting it in this framework, an unorthodox version of Foucault's work is generated, one that is at odds with the tendency to emphasize a certain skepticism about the possibility of universal and necessary knowledge in his writings, and to mistake it for irrationalism and a hostility to the practice of theory. By drawing attention to the structural parallel between Foucault's practice and Kantian criticism, this study belies this picture.

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Marc Djaballah (PhD, University of Chicago) is Professeur de philosophie continentale at Universite de Quebec a Montreal. He has also taught at Acadia University, Faculte de theologie in Montreal, and at the University of Memphis, where he was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy in 2005-6.


Acknowledgments Introduction: Foucault's Kantian Enigma Chapter One: A Standpoint in Kant's Critical Philosophy Chapter Two: Nietzsche and the Critical Need to Wake Up Chapter Three: The Aim of Criticism in Foucault Chapter Four: Practices as Forms of Experience Chapter Five: Literature as a Formal Resource Conclusion: Contestation and Creating Beings of Thought Notes Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 01/11/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780415956246
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 358
  • ID: 9780415956246
  • weight: 612
  • ISBN10: 0415956242

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