RE: combats with AIDS, and Foucault's personal attitude

Why do you say he died before his time was up?

>From: Cordelia Chu <raccoon@xxxxxxx>
>Reply-To: foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>To: <foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: combats with AIDS, and Foucault's personal attitude
>Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 23:54:13 -0800
>It's a shame that Foucault died before his time is up. I keep asking
>what would Foucault
>say about AIDS educations if he were still alive? What would he say about
>politicizing of this
>pandemic, and the problematizing of specific target groups around the globe
>name of
>"educating the people"? What would his response be, when the homosexual
>communities suddenly
>are subjected to "discipline" of authorities, and become target of AIDS
>I think it is fair to say that one of the major keys in combating and
>controlling AIDS is to educate.
>But can there be education without "coercing docility"? Is it possible to
>have power relationship
>between authorities and "risk groups" without dominations? Can you create
>set of language to
>talk about AIDS without politicizing the disease? Can you combat the
>(the problem itself)
>without combating the people (the people who engage in "risk practices")?
> Lastly ... not wanting to reignite the notorious debate over Foucault's
>intension to spread the
>virus... but Miller's book seems to hint that Foucault at least purposely
>expose himself to the risk,
>despite family and friend's warnings. Miller then compared Foucault's
>with Raymond
>Roussel's suicide, and suggested that Foucault's contraction of the virus
>perhaps a
>planned, deliberate, slow form of suicide. Any comments?

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