Nietzsche, Foucault, Anzaldúa
Published by: Indiana University Press
Questions of whether anything exceeds reasonable sense and meaning have persisted throughout the history of philosophy. These questions have even continued in postmodern thought as well as in liberatory philosophies in which many kinds of events and lineages are experienced and seen as beyond philosophy. In this cowritten text, distinguished philosophers Nancy Tuana and Charles Scott pay particular attention to lineages and their dynamism as they develop the idea of things beyond philosophy, beyond norms.
This is not a history of philosophy or a critical study of a particular philosopher but a way to engage experience around dimensions of events that are beyond measuring, counting, meaning, and value. These attunements, they assert, are vitally important for the ways people orient themselves in the world and comport themselves in it. Tuana and Scott build on the alternatives to normative ethics that they find in the work of Nietzsche, Foucault, and Anzaldúa. They urge attunement to the world as a way to speak about what is impossible to give voice to, to live in the spaces between speech and the unspeakable, and to conceptualize and articulate the boundaries of rational sensibility.
1. Introduction and Beyond
2. Nietzsche's Exposure to Beyond Philosophy
3. Foucault's Unreason
4. Anzaldúa's Nepantla
5. Border Art Philosophy
6. Playing with Fire
7. An Infused Dialogue
9. Beyond Sensibilities
"So much of published philosophy is actually the working out of an intellectual problem, not pushing past what we know and perhaps can know. It is when we encounter not knowing that thinking happens, not to fill in the blanks of ignorance but to grapple with and learn to live in the not-knowing, the feeling, the beyonding of livingdying. Nancy Tuana and Charles Scott's alertness to plays and networks of power puts thinking beyond traditional philosophical practice in this illuminating book. —Ladelle McWhorter, author of Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America"
"Beyond Philosophy reads like a finely crafted fugue. Inventive, lyrical, passionate, and wise, this double-voiced work models an art of thinking that dissolves the borders between philosophy and the enfleshed world. Through original interpretations of Nietzsche, Foucault, and Anzaldúa as thinkers beyond reason, Tuana and Scott decisively confront the most pressing political issues of our day. At the same time, they linger over scenes of stillness that undo them: a Brueghel painting, the play of light on trees, erotic love. An utterly compelling book."~Lynne Huffer, author of Foucault's Strange Eros
"Beyond Philosophy exposes academic and traditional westernized philosophy as well as contemporary liberatory discourses in ways that disrupt and open thought beyond its current delimitations. Tuana and Scott entice us to embody inexhaustible disruptions, openings, and silences as they exquisitely and intimately remain attuned "beyond.""~Alejandro A. Vallega, University of Oregon, author of Latin American Philosophy from Identity to Radical Exteriority
"We learn in this extraordinary new work by two of America's most important and original thinkers that the beyond of philosophy is not some mystic space of silent contemplation but a series of borders between different philosophical traditions, sites of contestation and mutual enrichment between philosophy, art, and poetry, rigorous academic thinking and political activism. Whether it is engaging the works of Nietzsche, Foucault, or Anzaldúa, or confronting questions of climate change, racial oppression, sexual and species differences, or sustainable agriculture, Beyond Philosophy is the very best that philosophy has to offer us today. It is a brilliant and powerful polyphonic manifesto for what philosophy can and should be in our troubled times."~Michael Naas, DePaul University