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Title:A Social Critique of Reflexive Reason: Relocating Critical Theory After Habermas and Foucault
Author(s):Hendrickson, Paul Sheldon
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Schacht, Richard L.
Department / Program:Philosophy
Discipline:Philosophy
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Philosophy
Abstract:Chapters Four and Five present Foucault's genealogies as an externalist critique of reflexive agency. Contrary to the interpretation that genealogy dispenses with agency and precludes critique, I argue that our constitution as reflexive agents, and our capacity for taking normative stances and critical action, concern Foucault profoundly. His goal is to reveal how we ourselves sustain power in multiple, if not always apparent ways. By making our responsibility for current conditions more apparent, genealogy also calls on us to take cognizance of and active responsibility for the power relations we uphold. Through an analysis of "the care of the self," genealogy's critical and normative stance is elaborated as an art of living, as a self-distanciating practice of the examined life.
Issue Date:2001
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:219 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/87616
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9996637
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2001


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