Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sebastian Rand - Committee Chair
Andrew J. Cohen - Committee Member
Jessica Berry - Committee Member
Vincent Lloyd - Committee Member
This thesis argues for a new understanding of criticism in Foucauldian genealogy based on the role played by the values of Michel Foucault’s audience in motivating suspicion. Secondary literature on Foucault has been concerned with understanding how Foucault’s works can be critical of cultural practices in the contemporary West when his accounts take the form of descriptive history. Commentaries offered heretofore have been insufficient for explaining the basis of Foucault’s criticism of cultural practices because they have failed to articulate the relation of the genealogist to her present normative context—the social and political values and goals that, in part, define the position of the genealogist within her culture. This thesis shows why previous accounts are insufficient for explaining Foucauldian genealogical critique, and it argues for a simple alternative warranted by Foucault’s writing.
Dunkle, Ian Douglas, "Foucauldian Genealogy as Situated Critique or Why is Sexuality So Dangerous?" (2010). Philosophy Theses. Paper 60.