Re: Genealogy

On Fri, 11 Aug 1995, ANTOINE GOULEM wrote:

> In pointing to the link (such as it might be) between deconstruction and
> genealogy, I was led to think about Foucault's connection to Heidegger.
> Does anyone know where I might read a bit more about that? Or while we
> are at it, the difference between Heidegger and Derrida?
This relationship does seem somewhat ignored, at least in the things I
have read--especialy considering that Foucault said in a 1984 interview
that "Of course. Heidegger has been for me the essential philosopher"
(Live 326). You might check out Rabinow and Dreyfus in _Michel Foucault:
Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics_. Also, Nancy Fraser susses out
the relationship briefly but very succinctly in several of her essays in
_Unruly Practices_. But there must be some more extensive studies
somewhere out there.

Despite all the often stated problems with his book, Habermas
captures a side of
the relationship between Heidegger and Derrida in _The Philosophical
Discourse of Modernity_. In a reading un-favorable to Derrida (because
of the close link he makes with a Heidegger--a little too close for
comfort) Habermas suggests, in effect, that Derrida is Heidegger +
structuralist linguistics. I forget what connections he draws between
Foucault and Heidegger, but I think he reads Derrida as the much worse
Heideggerian of the two.

Erik D. Lindberg
Dept. of English and Comparative Lit.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53211
email: edl@xxxxxxxxxxx


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