Foucault - A Preface to Transgression

Foucault’s "A Preface to Transgression" examines transgression and how what he calls the "limit" has replaced the older dichotomy of the sacred and the profane. Foucault valorizes authors like Bataille and the Marquis de Sade who explore the limits of madness via transgression (particularly sexual transgression) and Nietzschean "will-to-power."

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  • Rick O.

    I remember the source for "how long was Adam & Eve in Paradise" question - Dante, in Paridiso (canto xxvi) asks Adam a series of questions, one of which is how long he spent in Paradise. From the mouth of the Man himself the answer is six hours. But I think the real question from the meetup was if Adam & Eve 'did it' in Paradise, more along the lines of our reading. Unfortunately, though, that was not one of the questions Dante asked, so I guess we will never know.

    This did make me come up with an interesting little story to answer the question. I will spare the group the details - makes me realize I really need to lay off the de Sade.

    September 29, 2013

    • Chad B.

      Of course they did it. Isn't the flaming sword a biblical metaphor for gonorrhea?

      1 · September 30, 2013

    • Rick O.

      I think we both need to lay off the de Sade. Hard, though, he does write such pretty sentences.

      September 30, 2013

  • Rick O.

    "In fact, what we are dealing with is nothing less than the attraction of transgression." Thus spoke Lacan (intro - bkVII)

    September 28, 2013

  • Dan

    The conversation between Foucault and Deleuze was a nice bonus.

    September 27, 2013

  • Rick O.

    Transgression lives in the House of God.

    September 24, 2013

  • Chad B.

    Transgression exceeds the limits of society. Transcendence exceeds the limits of self. Tragedy exceeds the limits of nature.

    1 · September 12, 2013

    • Rick O.

      you're confusing me, Chad - I think this is a 'serious' statement?

      September 12, 2013

    • Chad B.

      Better check if you're inside the series finale of "Newhart."

      September 13, 2013

  • Rick O.

    More Foucault - who could resist?

    2 · September 11, 2013

    • Rick O.

      "All philosophy is but a footnote to Moby Dick" - anon

      September 11, 2013

    • Chad B.

      I would disappointed if the Marquis de Sade deserves all the credit.

      September 12, 2013

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