By Dave Boothroyd
By no means has a reconsideration of where of gear in our tradition been extra pressing than it truly is this day. tradition on medications addresses topics akin to the character of realization, language and the physique, alienation, selfhood, the picture and virtuality and the nature/culture dyad and lifestyle. It then explores how those are expressed within the paintings of key figures equivalent to Freud, Benjamin, Sartre, Derrida, Foucault and Deleuze, arguing that the tips and ideas wherein modernity has attained its degree of self-understanding are themselves, in a number of methods, the goods of encounters with medicinal drugs and their results. In every one case the reader is directed to the issues at which medicinal drugs determine within the formulations of ‘high theory’, and it really is published how such pondering is rarely itself a drug-free region. as a result, there isn't any flooring on which to tell apart ‘culture’ from ‘drug culture’ within the first place.Culture on medications deals a singular procedure and creation to cultural idea for newbies to the topic, at the same time proposing an unique thesis about the articulation of contemporary idea via medicinal drugs and drug tradition.
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It has not been a condition of selection of the theory discussed here that the individual authors referred to might or might not have, hypothetically, proved positive (or negative) for certain substances. Obviously, every one of them would have proved either positive or negative as far as such a crude testing for the presence or absence of drugs is concerned. However, having made a statement which appears like a disclaimer – that this book is not about cultural theorists who themselves experimented with drugs by actually imbibing them – it is, none the less, true that this condition applies in some cases.
The decision (of philosophy/to philosophise) does not culminate in the accomplishment of transcendence. Nancy reminds us that any re-deciding which philosophical thought undertakes, of ‘drugs’ or anything else, never leaves the everyday world of the ‘they’ in which Dasein lives. Any attempt to think and articulate a ‘higher form of the drug’, as Ronell puts it, begins from within a meditation on ‘the drug’ as it is already thought and experienced. This leads us to the conclusion that drugs have a role to play in the rethinking of ‘drugs’.
What is required’, says Ronell, ‘is a genuine ethics of decision. But this in turn requires a still higher form of the drug’ (Ronell, 1992: 64). Derrida is ‘the supplier’ Ronell is dealing with when she makes this remark. The compulsion to philosophise in Derrida’s text and what draws him into Plato’s ‘pharmacy’ is the habit of returning to the aporetics of decision, a way of thinking which results from his own use of the pharmakon. The aporetic logic of the unthinkable and unsayable ‘beyond the decision’ circulates everywhere in Derrida’s corpus.