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Dave Boothroyd

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719055980

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719055980.001.0001

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

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

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(p.29) 2 Medusa's blood: Derrida's recreational pharmacology and the rhetoric of drugs
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Culture on Drugs
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Dave Boothroyd

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719055980.003.0002

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

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