From: Samuel Lawrence Binkley <sbinkley@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 22:46:10 -0500
On Mon, Mar 11, 1996 5:39:31 PM at Hictor Escobar Sotomayor wrote:
>It seems to me, that all we are in something similar. I'm just finishing
>master degree thesis in order to satblish a relationship between
>psychoanalysis and foucaultian theory.
(I meant to send this to the whole list, but I think it just went to one
respondent. If I ever do that to anyone, please send it along to the list
in general. thanx)
Last night I attended a lecture by Joel Whitebook on precisely this topic.
He does philosophy and psychoanalysis, and gave a paper on Foucault's work
understood as an extended dialogue with Freud. This is a somewhat
questionable project from the outset, I think, but he has a very
interesting take on it. He had two points in foucault's work upon which he
focused this question: 1. madness and civilization, and the pretense to
open a dialogue with madness (which is lost in modernity) and 2. the
repressive hypothesis in hist of sex I. which, well, I lost the thread of
his argument. But he tried to read this not a directly critical of Freud
as it is often assumed to be.
His interpretation is somewhat distorted by a Habermassian perspective he
brings to the question of "dialogue" with madness..... which differs
radically from the sense of madness as a "limit experience". Jim Miller,
whose biography of Foucault develops this notion of the limit experience,
gave a comment on Whitebook's paper.
I know Whitebook has written something that got a lot of attention, though
the title escapes me. If any of this sounds interesting, it is probably
reflected in his book. (do you do most of your work in english or spanish?)