l'absence d'oeuvre

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>I've been reading David Macey's biography on "Des Fuchs" alias Michel
>Foucault. One of the more interesting anecdotes of the book is the mention
>of Derrida's lecture at the Sorbornne on "Le Folie et deraison",which is
>based on interpreting the whole of this book on some marginal comments
>Foucault begins his second chapter on no less than Descartes' Meditationes
>which ironically never made it into the English translation ( why were
>English readers deprived of the whole enchillada by the author himself - and
>why this pages left out on such a notorious philosopher as Descartes?
>Certainly we are at the the center of a controversy concerning
>margenalization and displacement: Derrida who in a proto Heideggerian manner
>situates the most promising, the most advanced and essential of a thinker in
>the most neglected and marginalized and Foucault whose neglect of principle
>philosophical thinkers is certainly not unreflected, as his concern is
>displaced vis a vis purely philosophical discourse. ). The essay by Derrida
>is published in "Ecriture et Differance". In it Derrida, as Macey recounts,
>describes Foucault as his sometime master, as a master who, he appears to be
>hinting, must be overcome to attain the independent philosophical vision
>that is Derridian . Macey describes Derrida's stance vis a vis the "master"
>who was it seems in the audience there in Paris as "insulting", certainly it
>was confrontantial in a philosophical "good" sense. Foucault did not
>directly reply, according to Macey, until years later in an essay attached
>to the second re-edition of Foucault's first notorious oeuvre, under the
>title Histoire de la folie a l'age classique. Suivi de Mon corps, ce
>papier, ce feu et La folie, l'absence d'oeuvre. What follows the histoire is
>what Macey describes as a "brutal" retort by Foucault on Derrida's original
>essay. By allowing the title of his first major work to be "contaminated"
>by this "Suivi" certainly Foucault was acknowledging the importance of
>Derrida's critique, specially it would seem on what Derrida had to to say
>about "madness as the absence of work". Unfortunately I have not seen this
>essay in the original or translated. Has it been translated? I would KILL
>(figuratively only of course!) to get my hands on a copy, French or English:
>Any comers?!
>Antoinette R. Wendel
>Robert A. Wendel rwendel@xxxxxx


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