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Medusa's blood: Derrida's recreational pharmacology and the rhetoric of drugs

Dave Boothroyd

in Culture on Drugs

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780719055980
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700921 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719055980.003.0002
Medusa's blood: Derrida's recreational pharmacology and the rhetoric of drugs

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This chapter examines Jacques Derrida's pharmaceutical thinking, which is a form of philosophy on drugs, and the conceptual authoritarianism that attempts to control drugs and all matters relating to them, which it questions. It analyses Derrida's The Rhetoric of Drugs and suggests that Derrida clearly rejected the role of drugs in any notion of the passage to ‘the other side’, and has, in many contexts, sought to expose the mystical and scientific claims to the truth. The chapter also considers the ancient concept of Medusa's blood.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; pharmaceutical thinking; philosophy on drugs; conceptual authoritarianism; Rhetoric of Drugs; Medusa's blood

Chapter.  7833 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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