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Critical Resistance
  • Critical Resistance


    David Couzens Hoy.


    Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004. Octavo. Blue bloth in an unclipped, mylar-backed dust wrapper.  274 pages. First edition, inscribed by the author on the title page. Fine.


    From Poststructuralism to Post-Critique. How can a body of thought that mistrusts universal principles explain the possibility of critical resistance? Without appeals to abstract norms, how can emancipatory resistance be distinguished from domination? Can there be a poststructuralist ethics? Hoy explores these questions through readings of Nietzsche, Foucault, Bourdieu, Derrida, and others. He traces the genealogy of resistance from Nietzsche's break with the Cartesian concept of consciousness to Foucault's and Bourdieu's theories of how subjects are formed through embodied social practices. He also considers Levinas, Heidegger, and Derrida on the sources of ethical resistance. Finally, in light of current social theory from Judith Butler to Slavoj Žižek, he challenges "poststructuralism" as a category and suggests the term "post-critique" as a more accurate description of contemporary Continental philosophy.


    "Looking ahead to a future that may not come, the analyses in this book anticipate the increasing need to know more exactly what is meant by 'resistance' and how it is possible."

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