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Asceticism as Willed Corporeality

Edith Wyschogrod

in Crossover Queries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226061
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226061.003.0007

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Asceticism as Willed Corporeality

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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

Chapter.  6964 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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