A style of life: Spectral subjectivity and the limits of sacred life (Michel Foucault)Murray, Stuart John
ISBN: 0496053094 ISBN13: 9780496053094
Summary:After more than a century of devastating critiques of God, man, and
the foundations of truth and social justice, the traditional
philosophical formulation of subjectivity has fallen into crisis. No
longer conceived as rational ground, as foundational, or as universal
substance, the subject is left without stable and abiding categories,
and we have no means to distinguish properly "human life" from what
is inhuman. If not just God is dead, but man, too---that secularized
deity traveling under the banner of humanism and identity---this
dissertation asks: How are human dignity and value figured in a
In each of the dissertation's four chapters, I demonstrate how modes
of traditional subjectivity---specifically, knowledge, will, love,
and metaphor as a mode of self-presentation and self-love---can be
refigured without recourse to the terms of humanism. In each instance
I propose a mode of relationality in and through which the self
poietically reinvents the style of its self-relation, and refigures
the terms of its life to-come. This is significant because it allows
us, in our post-foundational context, to open a productive discourse
on the possibilities and limits of human dignity and value---a
"sacred life" after the deaths of God and man.
Inspired in part by Merleau-Ponty and the late works of Foucault, I
show that the spectral subject is relational, concerned with the kind
of relation the self has to itself. In this ethical relation, the
possibility for changing this relation of being and for
becoming-otherwise appears in what Foucault calls a "style of life."
An ontological rather than epistemological practice, stylizing the
self enacts a refusal of current modes of being while creating new
possibilities for subjective life, a life to-come.
To address the conditions of this "sacred life"---human life, life
worthy of being lived---I argue that we must rethink the terms of
subjectivity, instituting a subject that does not rely on the
traditional liberal categories of the human. More than a critique of
the liberal subject, then, this dissertation begins to think the
possibilities and limits of a new subject, what I call a spectral
Notes:Chair: Judith Butler.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 65-09, Section:
A, page: 3415.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Berkeley, 2004.
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Book Details:Language: eng
Physical Description: 268 p.
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