Sleights of Reason
Norm, Bisexuality, Development
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: State University of New York Press
SLEIGHTS OF REASON
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The work of many contemporary French philosophers of note makes incidental use of the notion of a ruse. Its names are legion: duplicity, concealment, forgetting, and subterfuge, among others. This book employs Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy of the concept to describe three specifically conceptual ruses, or sleights, that make up part of the conceptual support for the concept of ‘sex.’ These...
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For making me fortunate, I have many people to thank. Among them are my generous current and former colleagues in the University of Memphis Philosophy Department, whose gift to me was to let me go on my merry philosophical way. You can see, and so can they, the result of that liberty now. Should it occasion any regrets, their gravity would be utterly alleviated...
CHAPTER ONE. The Sleight of Reason
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Thought daily encounters motive to investigate further the operative ontologies of the social category of sex. Certainly, the social category of sex, as an attribute said to qualify human bodies, is an instrument central to the history of human domination. But whether or not to affirm the category, or which versions to affirm, continues to puzzle many. In fact, a number ...
CHAPTER TWO. Sleights of the Norm
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Michel Foucault’s arguments for the importance of the modern social technology of the norm have received much scholarly attention. But in most cases a philosophical explication of the supposed novelty of the norm on the level of its very basic conceptual operation is lacking. This chapter offers analysis of and speculation on the conceptual operation of statistical measure as a ...
CHAPTER THREE. Sleights of Bisexuality
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What exactly could be so deplorable about the “binary machine” of bisexuality? Freud’s thought on sexuation contains in exemplary form some of the confounding conceptual problems produced by this internalization of the binary machine of sex. For this reason, his writings are a useful source from which to clarify the specifi c failings or risks of this internalization. Problems with the...
CHAPTER FOUR. Sleights of Development
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This chapter on development and its sleights consists of four parts. The first part treats a sleight of historical development, using the example of Harriet Taylor Mill’s progressivist historical philosophy. The second part treats the work of Freud and identifies some sleights of biological development in his thought. The third part presents some of Deleuze’s relevant thought on ...
CHAPTER FIVE. Conclusion
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The inspiration for the inquiry at the center of this book originates in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault. Both, famously, write about sexuality, moving the discourse on that topic away from many important and canonical ways of conceiving of it. They differ in their approaches to the topic. Yet one wonders whether on some aspects of it they might not ...
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Page Count: 158
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: SUNY series in Gender Theory
Series Editor Byline: Tina Chanter