Experience and the Lived

in Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780226254708
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226254722 | DOI:
Experience and the Lived

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In contrasting Sartre ‘s category of “the lived” with Foucauldian experience as it emerges from the matrix of the three axes, this chapter argues that “experience” has been a major concept in the Foucauldian repertory from his early The History of Madness to the two volumes of the History of Sexuality published just before his death. The axial reading of his corpus confirms that Foucault is a philosopher of experience. The axial reading of Foucault's spacialized reasoning has opened an area that lay hidden from most readers of his explicitly archaeological and genealogical work. After noting briefly the ambiguity of the term in philosophical discourse, the chapter focuses on the prominence of “experience” in The History of Madness, recall its role in the last two major works published in Foucault's lifetime, and point out several uses of the term in the intervening years.

Keywords: Sartre; Foucault; spatialized reasoning; history

Chapter.  8494 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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