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Crossover QueriesDwelling with Negatives, Embodying Philosophy's Others$
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Edith Wyschogrod

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226061

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226061.001.0001

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Asceticism as Willed Corporeality

Asceticism as Willed Corporeality

Body in Foucault and Heidegger

(p.95) 6 Asceticism as Willed Corporeality
Crossover Queries

Edith Wyschogrod

Fordham University Press

Michel Foucault considers repressive self-formation to be an expression of what he calls “technologies of the self”, modes of imposing conformations of thought upon corporeality, especially its sexual expressions. Similarly, for Martin Heidegger thought cannot escape the thinking of Being, even when Being is manifested in calculative representation, its current mode of disclosure, one that constitutes a clear and present danger, in which, however, there resides a saving power. This chapter pursues these lines of inquiry by envisioning each thinker as a questioner of the other. Rather than engage in an exercise in intellectual history, the chapter mentions influences upon and shifts within their thought when these are relevant to the larger narrative. The chapter first discusses the meaning of questioning as a point of orientation, a questioning that includes both existential involvement and distancing from the question. Then it turns to Heidegger's interrogation of Western philosophy's articulation of Being and truth and to Foucault's approaches to philosophical discourse.

Keywords:   Michel Foucault, self-formation, corporeality, Martin Heidegger, Western philosophy, Being, truth

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