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date: 24 June 2021

p. 786. Restless times

structuralism and post-structuralismlocked

p. 786. Restless times

structuralism and post-structuralismlocked

  • Stephen Gaukroger
  •  and Knox Peden

Abstract

While it captured the French public imagination, structuralism is now more celebrated as a precursor to post-structuralism and deconstruction. ‘Restless times: structuralism and post-structuralism’ introduces Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze, whose academic, aesthetically based theories were part of a move away from progressive philosophy. Foucault placed madness and medicine in their historical contexts, Derrida’s writings focused on the inherent instability of texts, and Deleuze rehabilitated some of Bergson’s theories while occupying a unique position of his own between radicalism, pragmatism, and metaphysics. What effect did the student protests of 1968 have on these three different writers?

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