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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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Foucault and Deleuze on acid

Foucault and Deleuze on acid

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Culture on Drugs

Dave Boothroyd

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the dialogue on the subject of drugs, madness and philosophy that can be traced in several texts by Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. It addresses the question of the relationship between drugs, literary art, artistic life and the processes of theorising itself in the context of their own intellectual movements away from the humanistic modernity. The chapter considers how drugs and drug effects may be considered to figure in their respective attempts to overcome anthropocentric modernity, and also shows that the drug effects which circulate in culture at large are related to specific materialisations of individual existence.

Keywords:   drugs, madness, philosophy, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, literary art, artistic life, modernity, drug effects

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