1 As is well acknowledged in nursing studies, particularly in the work of John Drummond, the later Foucault focused on the ‘care of self’ as a major thematic where questions of truth, power and subjectivity intersect. I would have thought therefore that Glazer’s characterization of ‘caring plus science’ (if we talk of the social sciences and maybe, even biology; see, in particular, Foucault’s notion of biopower) lends itself to a Foucaultian analysis. I was interested to read in his essay ‘Technologies of the self’ (Foucault et al., 1998, p. 31) the following excerpt: ‘The care of the self isn’t another kind of pedagogy [after Plato]; it has to become permanent medical care. Permanent medical care is one of the central features of the care of the self. One must become the doctor of oneself’. We should add, perhaps: ‘one must become the nurse of others’?
Derrida and the tasks for the new humanities: postmodern nursing and the culture wars
Article first published online: 5 APR 2002
Volume 3, Issue 1, pages 47–57, April 2002
How to Cite
Peters, M. (2002), Derrida and the tasks for the new humanities: postmodern nursing and the culture wars. Nursing Philosophy, 3: 47–57. doi: 10.1046/j.1466-769X.2002.00081.x
2 The seventh point differs from the other six programmatic tasks in that it attempts to go beyond the other six reminders by emphasizing the dimension of the event, of something yet to take place, that is, beyond what Derrida, after Austin, calls the ‘performative’ or the ‘as if’.
- Issue published online: 5 APR 2002
- Article first published online: 5 APR 2002
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