Foucault's madmen

Deutscher, Max (2014) Foucault's madmen. Parrhesia, 1 21: 69-85.

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Author Deutscher, Max
Title Foucault's madmen
Journal name Parrhesia
ISSN 1834-3287
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 1
Issue 21
Start page 69
End page 85
Total pages 17
Place of publication Parkville, VIC, Australia
Publisher Parrhesia
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Foucault’s Folie et Déraison: Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique, published in 1961, was republished in 1972 simply as Histoire de la Folie à l’âge classique. This edition included a new preface and a two supplements in reply to a critique by Derrida, “Cogito, et l’histoire de la folie.” Foucault’s first and more extensive supplement is a beautifully constructed piece whose title ‘Mon corps, ce papier, ce feu’ is drawn from a French translation (validated by Descartes) of a line in the First Meditation in which he opposes a certain reflection that might limit his doubts about what he senses: “... yet there are many other facts as to which doubt is plainly impossible ... that I am here, sitting by the fire, wearing a winter cloak, holding this paper in my hands ...” (Descartes, 62). I want to draw us up close to the mood and the details of the clash between Foucault and Derrida produced by Foucault’s brief references to Descartes in Histoire de la Folie. There is still a great deal to learn and finally to comprehend (if not to comprehend finally) about how what appears on the page as a fine line of difference that opened up a fracture wide and deep enough to separate Foucault and Derrida for more than a decade. This fault line was (as Culler, Gaston and others have demonstrated) a symbolic place for supporters to plant their flags on either side of the ravine...
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Additional Notes Special issue developed from the 2013 Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy’s Conference at the University of Western Sydney.

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