9678 - Structure and Conjuncture: Althusser, Foucault, Derrida, and the Genealogies of Anti-humanism - Drawing upon the notions of structure and conjuncture that are often employed to describe the shift from the earlier and better know work of Louis Althusser to his later, self-critical texts, this course will attempt to think the social and cultural discourse of the anti-humanist tradition that works itself out successively in the closely related texts of Althusser, Focault, and Derrida.
Tentative Reading List:
The list below provides a reasonable although partial idea of the range of material that I would like to consider in this course.
- Louis Althusser, from For Marx; from The Humanist Controversy; from Lenin and Philosophy; and from Essays in Self-Criticism; and "Aleatory Materialism."
- Michel Foucault, Mental Illness and Psychology; Madness and Civilization; Society Must be Defended; Politics, Philosophy, Culture: Interviews and Other Writings.
- Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology; Margins of Philosophy; Specters of Marx; Politics of Friendship.
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