Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
3Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Beyond Good and Evil the Ethical Sensibility of Michel Foucault

Beyond Good and Evil the Ethical Sensibility of Michel Foucault

Ratings: (0)|Views: 389|Likes:
Published by Madeof Clay
Beyond Good and Evil the Ethical Sensibility of Michel Foucault
Beyond Good and Evil the Ethical Sensibility of Michel Foucault

More info:

Published by: Madeof Clay on Mar 03, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

11/20/2013

pdf

text

original

 
Beyond Good and Evil: The Ethical Sensibility of Michel FoucaultAuthor(s): William E. ConnollyReviewed work(s):Source:
Political Theory,
Vol. 21, No. 3 (Aug., 1993), pp. 365-389Published by:
Stable URL:
Accessed: 02/11/2011 12:56
Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at
.
http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jspJSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org.
Sage Publications, Inc.
is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to
Political Theory.
http://www.jstor.org
 
BEYOND GOOD AND EVILTheEthicalSensibilityofMichelFoucault
WILLIAM .CONNOLLYJohnsHopkins UniversityTo beashamedof one'simmorality-thatis astepon thestaircaseat whose end oneisalso ashamedof one'smorality.-FriedrichNietzsche
THEEVILOFGOODNESSIsFoucault,who continues to liveamongus,a creative carrier ofageneroussensibility?Oradangeroushinkerwhothreatenspoliticalrestraintbyscramblingfundamentalparametersofmorality?He isboth.He chal-lengesestablishedmoralityinpursuitofahigherethicalsensibility,butdangersinscribedn the effort toshiftthetermsandbases of thesedoctrines.For tochallengefixedconceptionsofwill,identity,responsibility,normality,andpunishments to be cruel topeople(andaspectsofoneself)attached oestablishedmoralcodes;it istoopenupnewuncertaintieswithinestablishedtermsofjudgment;and,sometimesit is to incitepunitivereactionsamongthosewhose sense of moralself-assurance has beenjeopardized.TheFoucauldianensibilitysharesthese characteristicswitheveryexperimentnmorality,ncludinghoseenactedodayncourts,amilies,schools, churches,hospitals,armies,welfareoffices,prisons,andworkplaces.Foucault'sethicalsensibilityof "care"amidst social conflictandcoordi-nationoperates,then,withina seriesofparadoxeshat threaten o derail it.But,as I receivehispolitical spirituality,hemostpromisingrouteistostruggleto overcomeresentmentagainsttheparadoxicalcircumstancesnwhich we are set(fornogod guaranteesifewithoutparadox;ndeed,most
AUTHOR'SNOTE:Iwould like toexpressmy appreciationo JaneBennett,DavidCampbell,TomDumm,DickFlathman,BonnieHonig,andTracyStrongorcriticismsoftheirst draft ofthisessay.
POLITICALTHEORY,Vol.21 No.3,August1993365-389?1993SagePublications,nc.365
 
366POLITICALTHEORYAugust1993
ofthe onesIhave encounteredembodyit),andtonegotiatethisslipperyterrainwithintellectualcare andpoliticaldaring.(Orvice versa?I'm notsure.)Let me considerarecentssaybyJamesMiller ointroduceheFoucauldiansensibilityI admire.Miller seeks toprotectaliberalpoliticsoflimitsagainstFoucauldian assaults on themoralityofgoodand evil. Hethinksthatliberalism,withitscommitmento rule oflaw,rights,andindividualrespon-sibilityprovidesthe conditionsfor apoliticsof limits.Foucault blurstheselimitsandthreatens hosemoralstabilizations.nFoucault's 1971 interviewwithActuel,"themostfreewheelingmagazineof the Frenchcounter-culture,"Miller finds Foucaultrunningroughshodover the limits thatfreedom andorderrequire.2Miller informsus thatthe interviews entitled"BeyondGoodandEvil,"thatFoucaultattackshumanismbecauseit"restricts hedriveforpower,"(afragmentfromFoucault),and that Foucaultwages"totalwaragainstsociety"Miller'sphrase).Thissoundsikearefusalofself-limitation,alright-one,asMillerputsit,that Foucaultreconsiderednhis later workwhen hemoved closer to liberalism.ButI find this same 1971 interviewtoembodyan admirable ethicalsensibility,onein whichingredientscrucialto afutureperspectiveareoutlinedwith insufficientintroductionof reservations and cautionsthatbecomeinstalledlater.Foucaultinds acovertproblemof eviltobelodgedwithin theconventionalpoliticsofgoodand evil.Evil not as actionsbyimmoralagentswhofreelytransgresshemoral law but evil asarbitrarycrueltyinstalledinregularnstitutionalarrangementsaken toembodytheLaw,theGood,or the Normal.Foucaultcontends,alongwithNietzsche,Arendt,andTodorov,hatsystemiccrueltylowsregularlyromthethought-lessnessofaggressiveconventionality,he transcendentalizationf contin-gentidentities,and thetreatmentofgood/evilasadualitywired intotheintrinsicorder ofthings.A modernproblemofevilresides,paradoxically,withinthegood/evildualityandnumerousdualitiesinked to it.Evil,again,not asgratuitousactionbyfreeagents operatingnaninnocentnstitutionalmatrixbutas undeservedsufferingimposedby practicesprotectingthereassurancethegoodness, purity,autonomy,normality)ofhegemoniciden-tities.Toreach"beyond"hepoliticsofgoodandevilis not toliquidateethicsbutto becomeashamedof thetranscendentalizationf conventionalmoral-ity.It istosubjectmoralityostripsearches.Thereiscrueltyinvolvedinsuchstripsearches.Buttheyalsotakeaprecarioussteptowardasocialethicofgenerosityin relationsamongalternative,problematic,and(often)rival identities.Theypromoteapoliticsof limitsthroughgenealogiesofambiguityandarbitrarinessn culturalnorms

Activity (3)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 thousand reads
1 hundred reads
Daniel Conrad liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->