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Foucault/Derrida Fifty Years Later: The Futures of Genealogy, Deconstruction, and Politics

by Olivia Custer, Penelope Deutscher and Samir Haddad Columbia University Press
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Early in their careers, Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida argued over madness, reason, and history in an exchange that profoundly influenced continental philosophy and critical theory. In this collection, Amy Allen, Geoffrey Bennington, Lynne Huffer, Colin Koopman, Pierre Macherey, Michael Naas, and Judith Revel, among others, trace this exchange in debates over the possibilities of genealogy and deconstruction, immanent and transcendent approaches to philosophy, and the practical and theoretical role of the archive.

Introduction, by Olivia Custer, Penelope Deutscher, and Samir Haddad
Part I: Openings
1. The Foucault-Derrida Debate on the Argument Concerning Madness and Dreams, by Pierre Macherey
2. Looking Back at History of Madness, by Lynne Huffer
3. Violence and Hyperbole: From "Cogito and the History of Madness" to The Death Penalty, by Michael Naas
Part II: Surviving the Philosophical Problem: History Crosses Transcendental Analysis
4. Must Philosophy Be Obligatory? History Versus Metaphysics in Foucault and Derrida, by Colin Koopman
5. "The Common Root of Meaning and Nonmeaning": Derrida, Foucault, and the Transformation of the Transcendental Question, by Thomas Khurana
6. Philosophies of Immanence and Transcendence: Reading History of Madness with Derrida and Habermas, by Amy Allen
Part III: After-Effects
7. Foucault, Derrida: The Effects of Critique, by Judith Revel
8. A Petty Pedagogy? Teaching Philosophy in Derrida's "Cogito and the History of Madness", by Samir Haddad
Part IV: Life, Death, Power: New Death Penalties
9. Power and the "Drive for Mastery": Derrida's Freud and the Debate with Foucault, by Robert Trumbull
10. "This Death Which Is Not One": Reproductive Biopolitics and the Woman as Exception in The Death Penalty, Volume 1, by Penelope Deutscher
Part V: Foucault's and Derrida's Last Seminars
11. From Reprisal to Reprise, by Olivia Custer
12. The Truth About Parrhesia: Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Politics in Late Foucault, by Geoffrey Bennington
List of Contributors

Penelope Deutscher (PhD, Philosophy, NSW) is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. She is the author of a number of books, including Floucault's Futures (Columbia, 2017), The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir (Cambridge, 2008), and How to Read Derrida (Norton, 2006), and the coeditor (with of Olivia Custer and Samir Haddad) of Foucault/Derrida (Columbia, 2016) and (with Cristina Lafont) Critical Theory in Critical Times (Columbia, 2017), among other collections. She is the Associate Director of Northwestern's Critical Theory cluster and coinvestigator, with Judith Butler, of the Mellon-fuinded International Consortium for Critical Theory Programs. I chose her as a reader for her expertise in both critical theory and gender and sexuality studies.