Foucault, Butler and corporeal experience. Taking social critique beyond phenomenology and judgment.

Vlieghe, Joris (2014) Foucault, Butler and corporeal experience. Taking social critique beyond phenomenology and judgment. Philosophy & Social Criticism, 40 (10). pp. 1019-1035. ISSN 0191-4537

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Abstract

This article is concerned with the possibility of conceiving a form of social critique that has itslocusin the human body. Therefore I engage in a close reading of the (later) work of Butler which can be analysed as an elaboration of a Foucaldian critical ‘virtue’. In order to elaborate and to refine my ideas I go deeper into the criticisms McNay has uttered regarding the very impossibility of taking any distance from a given social or political order within a Foucaldian–Butlerian framework. I show that there is no need to have recourse to a phenomenological perspective, as McNay claims, in order to achieve ‘critical distance’. On the contrary, I argue that it is imperative to explore a register of bodily experience that entails selfexpropriation and which is linked to an attitude or ‘ethos’ that renounces any judgemental perspective.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications journal Philosophy & Social Criticism
Keywords: Judith Butler, corporeality, Michel Foucault, limit-experience, Lois McNay, social critique
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Susan Blagbrough
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 16:01
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2016 16:01
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/817

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