TITLE

The Possibility of Pleasure: Foucault's Philosophy of the Subject and the Logic of an Appeal to Aesthetics

AUTHOR(S)
Smith, Robyn
PUB. DATE
January 2003
SOURCE
Alternate Routes;2003, Vol. 19, p109
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents sociologist M. Foucault's analysis of the analytic of finitude that can be found in "The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences." Focault argues that it is along lines of the analytic of finitude that modern subjects are constituted. The author argues that his adherence to the analytic of finitude as the frameworks for modern thought and the constitution of modern subjects enables Focault to develop a philosophy of modern subjects as constituted along the axis of power, ethics and truth. According to Foucault, modern subjects develop with twentieth century western thought's attempt to develop a philosophical foundation for the possibilities of knowledge. For Foucault, subjects and subjectives are only one mode of self-consciousness but it is the mode particular to knowledge. Because he is dealing in "The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences," with possible foundations of knowledge and establishes that this is where modern subjects arises, he is dealing with possibilities for founding subjects and subjectives.
ACCESSION #
11953217

 

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