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Exploring complexity through literature: reframing foucault’s research project with hindsight

Olssen, Mark (2016) Exploring complexity through literature: reframing foucault’s research project with hindsight Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, 16. pp. 80-89.

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Abstract

This article constitutes an extended review essay of Michael Foucault’s Language, Madness and Desire: On Literature, Philippe Artièries, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, and Judith Revel (eds.), Robert Bononno (tr.), University of Minnesota Press, 2015, 158 pp. A shorter version of this article was published as a book review in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, March 2016, Unique Identification Number 2016.03.28. In performing this review the article seeks to illuminate Foucault’s core ontological and epistemological themes that developed in these early commentaries on literature and that were to inform the philosophical orientation of his social science investigations, including madness, psychiatry, medicine, the prison, sexuality and the care of the self. The article suggests that Foucault’s early works on literature establish a thesis of philosophical materialism which articulates many of the themes of post-quantum complexity science as they affected the social and physical sciences in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Olssen, MarkM.Olssen@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 25 April 2016
DOI : 10.22381/LPI1620174
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright Addleton Academic Publishers 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords : Foucault; Literature; Sade; Philosophical materialism; Post-quantum complexity science
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 18 Jul 2018 12:55
Last Modified : 18 Jul 2018 12:55
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/848738

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