requiem for certainty

Symposium on ‘Genealogy as Critique’

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Out in the latest issue of Foucault Studies (in the review essay section)–a symposium on my ‘Genealogy as Critique.’  Honored am I that Amy Allen, Eduardo Mendieta, & Kevin Olson have taken the time to develop responses both careful and critical in orientation.  A hope is that this exchange will help further ongoing conversations about the role and status of critical theory vis-a-vis the contemporary (in Rabinow’s sense of that term).  Some of the topics covered in the symposium (which consists of responses by Allen, Mendieta, and Olson plus my reply): normativity (+ cryptonormativity + normativeness), the status of universality and contingency, the place (or not) of the transcendental in genealogy, the relation between methodology and deployment in philosophy, and how to thinking about the challenge of choosing a problem (object, space, field) for inquiry.


Written by Colin Koopman

October 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

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  1. dmf

    October 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  2. Thanks for this link, Dirk. The videos here ( are for another symposium on the ‘Genealogy’ book held up at Oregon State University, organized by the excellent Stephanie Jenkins, and featuring discussion by Jenkins, Sharyn Clough, and Evan Gottleib.

    Colin Koopman

    January 3, 2015 at 1:21 am

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