Philosophical Practice Following Foucault

  • Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson
Keywords: Contextualism, Appropriationism, Methodologism, queer theory, feminist philosophy

Abstract

This paper develops a heuristic of different modes of philosophical engagement with Michel Foucault’s work with the aim to aid self-reflection about contemporary uses of Foucault. Drawing on debates in the history of philosophy, I describe contextualism, appropriationism, and methodologism as three strands of Foucault scholarship. I then examine queer and feminist philosophical engagements with Foucault to explicate and illustrate the aims and strengths of each strand. I conclude by spelling out the larger implications for different uses of Foucault for philosophical practice and make the case for a methodological pluralism that draws on all available modes of inquiry.

Author Biography

Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson
Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson, DPhilAssistant ProfessorDepartment of PhilosophyUniversity of MemphisTennessee, USA                                                         vrlnbsch@memphis.edu

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Published
2018-10-22
Section
Special Issue on Foucault and Philosophical Practice