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  • The 9th Technology of Otherness: a certain kind of debt

Golding, Johnny, 2013, Book Section, The 9th Technology of Otherness: a certain kind of debt In: The Cruelty of the Classical Canon. ARTicle Press, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-1-873352-06-9

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Classical metaphysics requires a concept of the ethical that belies or erases certain forms of truth-telling, often pulling the ethical in the direction of more sterilized forms of reason and rationality in order to invoke its universal applicability as a kind of ‘one-size-fits-all’ for any person, place, time, or thing. In so doing, not only does this tend to diminish or expunge the sensuous, carnal encounters of body and spirit, it pre-figures certain forms of courage, care and imagination so that the very core of what it means to make a community alive, responsive, and creative remains stuck in the old classical canons of thought and practice. In this way, the beliefs and ‘truths’ that tend to be reproduced serve only to strengthen the status quo’s status – somewhat of a problem if that status quo’s status is also mired in misogynist, homophobic, ethnic and/or racially divisive traditions. The 9th Technology of Otherness, building upon Foucault’s Courage of Truth, the last lecture series before his untimely death, seeks to show how an ethics drawn along the sensuous modalities (as Foucault positions them) of courage (parrhēsia) and curiosity (zētēsis), creates a certain form of community, a certain kind of self, and with it, a certain kind of debt. It is precisely this debt that Socrates reminds Crito ‘not to forget to remember to pay’ to Asclepius, and to do so with the now quite infamous gift of the bird-cock.

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Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
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School or Centre: School of Fine Art
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2017 22:55
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2017 22:55
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3007

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