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Scatter 1: The Politics of Politics in Foucault, Heidegger, and Derrida

Geoffrey Bennington


Scatter 1 posits a politics of politics that is an irreducible part of politics itself. It is argued that this dimension of politics, usually associated with rhetoric and sophistry, is, like it or not, part of politics from the start, and that those who denounce it do so on essentially metaphysical (Platonic) grounds. Failure to deconstruct those grounds generates a politically debilitating dogmatism and moralism that this book attempts to understand and undermine. After a detailed analysis of Foucault’s influential late concept of parrhēsia, which is shown to be both philosophically and polit ... More

Keywords: decision, Derrida, Foucault, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, parrhēsia, politics, rhetoric, scatter, stupidity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823270521
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823270521.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Bennington, author
Emory University