Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Epiphany

"Madness and Civilization was also famously criticised by Jacques Derrida who took issue with Foucault's reading of René Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy. Derrida's criticism led to a break in their friendship and marked the beginning of a fifteen-year–long feud between the two. (At one point, in a 1983 interview with Paul Rabinow, Foucault seemed to criticize Derrida's reading of Plato's Phaedrus in Of Grammatology, considering the writing/speech distinction unimportant.) They eventually reconciled in the early 1980s (reportedly, this reconciliation was due in part to Foucault's defense of Derrida after the latter was alleged to have been caught with marijuana in Prague)."

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Derrida and marijuana? Things are suddenly becoming much clearer. What's next? Deleuze and acid?

Of course we know that Derrida was indicted by the communists for speaking up against them during a conference. Still you can't but wonder.

6 comments:

OMC said...

Deleuze and acid?

Indeed. Read his worried footnote to Foucault's essay/review on Difference & Repitition, I think it's 'Theatrum Philosophicum' (where he sort of spills the beans on their drug use. :)

Any acidhead who reads Mille Plateaux immediatly knows this.

Jeremy said...

Foucault also famously took acid at Zabriskie Point...

Fire in the Mind said...

yeah, i noticed that about mille plateaux. it was sort of rhetorically meant :-)

Nadav said...

I think that Derrida claimed they planted pot in his belongings while he was visiting Kafka's grave or something like that.

Martijn said...

Derrida's criticism led to a break in their friendship and marked the beginning of a fifteen-year–long feud between the two.

Seems rather childish for such great thinkers.

Fire in the Mind said...

happens a lot it would seem. between badiou and deleuze it was the same.