“Madness and Historicity: Foucault and Derrida, Artauld and Descartes.”
Wendy Cealey Harrison, History of the Human Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 4, 79-105 (2007).
Wendy Cealey Harrison
University of Greenwich at Medway, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, UK, W.P.A.CealeyHarrison@gre.ac.uk
The article examines the inter-implication between Foucault’s and Derrida’s representations of one another’s work in the debate over Histoire de la folie and discovers a chiasmic structure between them, an inverted mirroring of each in the other, in which philosophy and historicity alternately encompass and exceed one another. At the heart of this is a problem of language (and the reason that accompanies it), which defines the limitations of the historian’s work.
Key Words: Jacques Derrida • Michel Foucault • historicity • language • philosophy