Foucault versus Freud: On Sexuality and the Unconscious

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One of the main difficulties faced by Foucault’s readers is how to understand the practical implications of his descriptions. Are we all trapped in a web of power and forces that leave us helpless? Are we doomed to passively follow paths anonymously charted for us? Can we not actively resist? and if we can, how? A good place to start answering these questions is Foucault’s first volume ofThe History of Sexualityin which he elaborates his critique of Freudian psychoanalysis. in this paper, I will follow Foucault’s claim that psychoanalysis blindly pushes forth and enforces the discourse of sexuality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSexuality and Psychoanalysis
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophical Criticisms
EditorsJens De Vleminck, Eran Dorfman
Place of PublicationLeuven
PublisherLeuven University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9461660383, 9789461660381
ISBN (Print)905867844X, 9789058678447
StatePublished - 2010

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