Foucault’s Anti-Romantic Politics

Foucault Blog has a useful post detailing a particular right-wing attack (by David Frum) on Foucault, but which is also useful as an entry point for understanding the philosopher's politics of doubt.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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    The scrim of matter
    we’ve had pulled over
    our own eyes has wholly
    obstructed knowledge

    as if we took the empty shell
    for the whole bivalve
    how could death be if life did not

    precede it life was always
    first and only birth and death
    either side of a swinging door

    as if we’ve all forgotten how
    to speak that other language
    we know
    we halfway hear.

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