Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of by Colin Koopman

By Colin Koopman

Viewing Foucault within the gentle of labor through Continental and American philosophers, such a lot particularly Nietzsche, Habermas, Deleuze, Richard Rorty, Bernard Williams, and Ian Hacking, family tree as Critique indicates that philosophical family tree contains not just the critique of modernity but additionally its transformation. Colin Koopman engages family tree as a philosophical culture and a style for knowing the advanced histories of our current social and cultural stipulations. He explains how our realizing of Foucault can make the most of effective discussion with philosophical allies to push Foucaultian family tree a step extra and problematic a way of addressing our so much intractable modern problems.


"Genealogy as Critique breathes clean air right into a variety of stale scholarly debates in regards to the periodization of Foucault's paintings, the viability of family tree as a mode, and the connection among Foucault and his interlocutors. it's a needs to learn for someone attracted to Foucault and particularly within the courting among Foucault and demanding theory." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

(Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

"This awesome ebook via Koopman... exposes what he perceives to be erroneous readings of Foucault's paintings stemming from Habermas, Derrida, and different 'Weberian' interpretations.... Recommended." —Choice


"Colin Koopman rethinks Foucault's paintings from the floor up, re-reading his relationships to Kant, Nietzsche, Deleuze and Habermas. In so doing, he opens up fruitful new avenues for connecting Foucaultian genealogical critique to pragmatism and Habermasian severe thought. it's a needs to learn for somebody drawn to the connection among Foucault and significant theory." —Amy R. Allen, Dartmouth College

(Amy R. Allen, Dartmouth collage)

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The first four chapters, comprising roughly the first half of the book, offer a specification of the unique criti­cal purchase of the genealogical tradition, particularly as exhibited in the genealogies of Foucault. In the final three chapters, comprising roughly the sec­ond half of the book, I employ this specification for the purposes of rereading Foucault’s archaeologies and genealogies of modernity. Or, to state differently the relation between the two halves of the book, the first half is mostly an effort in a specification of genealogical methodology as exhibited by Foucault (but also others), whereas the sec­ond half is more an effort in specifying the conceptual products resultant from Foucault’s deployment of that methodology in the context of a diagnosis of quintessentially modern practices.

Despite the provocations and promise of this orientation I argue that Foucault’s ethical response was one that he nonetheless never fully developed. His ethics thus require some kind of supplementation or revision on a number of points. My point here is not that we should forget Foucault. Rather, we might allow ourselves to distinguish that in Foucault’s ethics which we can take up and that which we should leave behind. This opens up the perspective of the concluding Chapter 7, where I argue for bringing Foucaultian problematization into generative cross-­use with certain other contemporary philosophical methods.

The span between these two, and their attendant worldviews, measures the distance of the long nineteenth century that irrevocably separates Kant and Foucault. Once we passed through the evolutionisms and historicisms of that century, as well as the emergence of probability and statistics and their spawned ascendance of the order of information, there was much in the past that we could no longer go back to—the early modern idea of necessity stands out as one thing that was decisively lost. And yet despite the many rifts separating our age from that of Kant, the idea of critique was indeed carried over the divides, and triumphantly so, such that it remains with us today.

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