Re: sexual ethics

Dear Sam,

You are clearly a fount of much knowledge in this area! Do you remember you
said I might see your paper? I'm not sure if you said you'd already given
the paper or were about to. Either way, I would love to see it if/when it's
ready. I'm not sure (being technically ignorant) if you would want to do
this by snail mail or send it electronically to me, or the whole group, or
what. I'd be more than happy to pay for international postage if you think
that would be the best way to send it.

I can't begin to tell everyone how grateful I am for all the help - it's
saving me a lot of frustrating search-time (much better spent reading). I
hope other people are finding it interesting too. When I have a clearer
picture of exactly want (ie when I've done some of this reading) I want to
do I'd like to run some of the ideas past the group.


-----Original Message-----
From: sam binkley <sbinkley@xxxxxxxxx>
To: foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: 21 February 1999 17:33
Subject: Re: sexual ethics

>I'd like to add my two cents to the recent postings on Foucault and
>therapeutic ethics.
>In my treatment of this issue, sexuality is not specifically the topic.
>Instead I have focused more broadly on the therapeutic governing of the
>self as a problem for consumer culture, which brings up self-help and so
>One paper I recommend above all (for those doing a more american history
>approach) is jackson lears essay on therapeutic consumerism (low down on
>this post). It's fantastic, as is his "no place of grace". A guy who is
>probably completely indifferent (even hostile) to Foucault, but quite
>close to foucauldian concerns.
>Much of this is in chaos, owing to various cut and past formatting
>problems, but it may prove as usefult to others as recent posts have
>proven to me.
>sam binkley
>Earle, William, "Foucault's The Use of Pleasure as Philosophy."
>Metaphilosophy 20 (April 1989), 169-177.
>Fillion, Real Robert, "Foucault contra Taylor: Whose Sources? Whose Self?"
>Dialogue 34 (Fall 1995), 663-674.
>Flynn, Thomas R., "Truth and Subjectivation in the Later Foucault."
>Journal of Philosophy 82 (October 1985), 531-540+.
>Flynn, Thomas R., "Foucault as Parrhesiast: His Last Course at College de
>France." Philosophy and Social Criticism 12 (Summer 1987)
>Foucault, Michel, "Michel Foucault on Attica: An Interview." Telos 19
>(1974), 154-161
>2. NewSchool Periodicals
>Foucault, Michel. Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel
>Foucault. Luther H. Martin, Huck Gutman, and Partick H. Hutton, Eds.
>Amherst, MA: 1988.
>Gardiner, Michael, "Foucault, Ethics and Dialogue." History of the Human
>Sciences 9 (August 1996), 27-46.
>Gearhart, Suzanne, "Foucault's Response to Freud: Sado-masochism and the
>Aestheticization of Power." Style 29 (Fall 1995), 389-403.
>Humphries, Michael L., "Michel Foucault on Writing and the Self in the
>Meditations of Marcus Aurelius and Confessions of St. Augustine" Arethusa
>30:1 (Winter 1997), 125-
>Jay, Martin. The Limits of Limit-experience: Bataille and Foucault.
>Berkeley, CA: Center for German and European Studies, University of
>California, 1993. Working Paper.
>La Fountain, Marc, "Foucault and Dr. Ruth." Critical Studies in Mass
>Communication 6:2 (June 1989),123-137.
>Larmour, David H. J., Paul Allen Miller, and Charles Platter Eds.
>Rethinking Sexuality: Foucault and Classical Antiquity. Princeton
>University Press, forthcoming [publication date: 1 December 1997].
>Lasch, Christopher, "Life in the Therapeutic State." New York Review of
>Books (12 June 1980), 24-32.
>Looser, Devoney, "Feminist Theory and Foucault: A Bibliographic Essay."
>Style 26 (Winter 1992),
>Lydon, Mary, "Foucault and Feminism: A Romance of Many Dimensions." In
>Skirting the Issue, University of Wisconsin Press, 1995. pp. 216-228.
>Miller, James, "Policing Discourse: A Response to David Halperin."
>Salmagundi 97 (Winter 1992), 94-99.
>Morris, Phyllis S., "Self-Creating Selves: Sartre and Foucault." American
>Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 70 (Autumn 1996, 537-549.
>Nehamas, Alexander, "Subject and Abject." New Republic 208 (15 February
>1993), 27-36.
>O'Hara, Daniel T., "Michel Foucault and the Fate of Friendship." Boundary
>2 18 (Spring 1991), 83-103.
>Rajchman, John, "Ethics after Foucault." Social Text 13 (1986),
>Rajchman, John. Truth and Eros: Foucault, Lacan and the Question of
>Ethics. London and New York: Routledge, 1991
>Sawicki, Jana. Disciplining Foucault: Feminism, Power and the Body. London
>and New York: Routledge, 1991. Thinking Gender series.
>Surkis, Judith, "No Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye:
>Transgression and Masculinity in Bataille and Foucault." Diacritics 26
>(Summer 1996), 18-30.
>Veyne, Paul. "The Final Foucault and His Ethics." Translated by Catherine
>Porter and Arnold I. Davidson. Critical Inquiry 20 (Autumn 1993), 1-9.
>Wain, Kenneth, "Foucault, Education, the Self and Modernity." Journal of
>Philosophy of Education 30:3
>(1996), 345-
>White, Edmund, "The Politics of Gender: Michel Foucault." In The Burning
>Library: Essays. Knopf, 1994. pp. 89-94.
>(sorry 'bout the mess)
>> Bauman, Z. (1988) Freedom, Milton Keynes: Open University Press.--------
>> consumer,
>> freedom, Foucault, markets, subject
>> Bennet, T. (1988) 'The exhibitionary complex', New Formations 4:
>> 73-103.--------
>> shopping, consumer, liberalism, Foucault, markets
>> Cline Cohen, P. (1982) A Calculating People: the Spread of Numeracy in
>> Early America,
>> Chicago: University of Chicago Press.-------- consumer, Foucault,
>> rationality, markets
>> Dews, P. (1989) 'The return of the subject in late Foucault', Radical
>> Philosophy 51:
>> 37-41.-------- foucault, subject, needs, consumer
>> Foucault, M. (1983) 'On the genealogy of ethics', in H. L. Dreyfus and
>> P. Rabinow (eds.), On the
>> genealogy of ethics, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.--------
>> Foucault, consumer,
>> governmentality,
>> Foucault, M. (1984) 'Polemics, politics and problematizations: an
>> interview', in P. Rabinow
>> (ed.), Polemics, politics and problematizations: an interview, New York:
>> Pantheon.--------
>> leisure, hobbies, governmentality, Foucault,
>> Foucault, M. (1988) 'Technologies of the Self', in L. Martin, H. Gutman
>> and P. Hutton (eds.),
>> Technologies of the Self, Amherst: University of Mass Press.--------
>> Foucault, self,
>> governmentality, liberalism, consumer
>> Foucault, M. (1988) 'The political technology of individuals', in L.
>> Martin, H. Gutman and P.
>> Hutton (eds.), The political technology of individuals, Amherst:
>> University of Mass
>> Press.-------- Foucault, self, governmentality, liberalism, consumer
>> Gordon, C. (1987) 'The soul of the citizen: Max Weber and Michel
>> Foucault on rationality and
>> government', in S. Whimster and S. Lash (eds.), The soul of the citizen:
>> Max Weber and Michel
>> Foucault on rationality and government, London: Allen and Unwin:
>> 293-316.-------- Weber,
>> consumer, Foucault, liberalism
>> Foucault, M. and R. Sennett (1981) 'Sexuality and solitude', in ,
>> Sexuality and solitude,
>> London: Junction Books.-------- body, sexuality, consumer
>> Miller, P. and N. Rose (1990) 'Governing economic life', Economy and
>> Society 19(1):
>> 1-31.-------- Foucault, liberalism, consumer
>> Rose, N. (1992) 'Governing the enterprising self', in P. Heelas and P.
>> Morris (eds.), Governing
>> the enterprising self, London: Routledge.-------- consumer, markets,
>> Foucault
>> Rose, N. (1991) Governing the Soul: the shaping of the private self,
>> London:
>> Rouledge.-------- Foucault, marketing
>> Gutman, H. (1988) 'Rousseau's Confessions: a technology of the self', in
>> L. Martin, H. Gutman
>> and P. Hutton (eds.), Rousseau's Confessions: a technology of the self,
>> Amherst: University
>> of Mass Press.-------- Foucault, self, governmentality, liberalism,
>> consumer, Rousseau,
>> eighteenth century
>> Giddens, A. (1991) Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the
>> Late Modern Age,
>> Cambridge: Polity.-------- consumer, self, subject, Foucault
>> Gordon, C. (1986) 'Question, ethos, event: Foucault on Kant and
>> enlightenment', Economy and
>> Society 15(1).-------- foucault, liberalism, consumer, self,
>> governmentality, needs
>> Hacking, I. (1986) 'Making up People', in T. C. e. a. Heller (ed.),
>> Making up People, Stanford, CA:
>> Stanford University Press.-------- marketing, Foucault,
>Lears, T. J. Jackson No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the
>Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920 (Chicago, University of
>Chicago Press, 1981)
>Rieff, Philip The Triumph of the Therapeutic; Uses of Faith After Freud
>(New York: Harper & Row 1966)
>Lears, T. J. Jackson, "From Salvation to Self-Realization: Advertising and
>the Therapeutic Roots of the Consumer Culture, 1880-1930", in The Culture
>of Consumption: Critical Essays in American History, 1880-1990, ed.
>Richard Wightman Fox and T. J. Jackson Lears. (New York: Pantheon Books,
>Lears, T. J. Jackson, "The Ad Man and the Grand Inquisitor: Intimacy,
>Publicity, and the Managed Self in America, 1880-1940," in George Levine,
>ed., Constructions of the Self (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University
>Press, 1992)
>McClay, Wilfred M. The Masterless: Self & Society in Modern America
>(Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1994)
>Sam Binkley
>Department of Sociology, New School University
>65 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
>Address: PO Box 20202, New York, NY 10009
>phone: (212) 420 9425 web:

Partial thread listing: