Culture on Drugs: Narco-Cultural Studies of High Modernity by Dave Boothroyd

By Dave Boothroyd

By no means has a reconsideration of where of gear in our tradition been extra pressing than it's at the present time. tradition on medications addresses issues equivalent to the character of cognizance, language and the physique, alienation, selfhood, the picture and virtuality and the nature/culture dyad and way of life. It then explores how those are expressed within the paintings of key figures corresponding to Freud, Benjamin, Sartre, Derrida, Foucault and Deleuze, arguing that the information and ideas during which modernity has attained its degree of self-understanding are themselves, in a number of methods, the goods of encounters with medications and their results. In each one case the reader is directed to the issues at which medications determine within the formulations of ‘high theory’, and it truly is printed how such considering isn't itself a drug-free region. therefore, there's no floor on which to differentiate ‘culture’ from ‘drug culture’ within the first place.Culture on medicinal drugs deals a singular process and creation to cultural thought for novices to the topic, concurrently featuring an unique thesis in regards to the articulation of recent suggestion by way of medicines and drug tradition.

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We find ourselves in a world in which the decisions concerning drugs have already been made. 4 The oblivion of drugs The question of how ‘drugs’ have figured in the thinking of modernity in general is often forgotten. Of the various oblivions some narcotics are associated with (cracking up, blacking out, losing it, going off with the 20 Culture on drugs fairies, dreams, trances and so on), this is the one with which this book is most concerned: the oblivion that critical thinking itself has fallen into with respect to the question of drugs.

It is because libertarianism rests on a simple reversal of the relationship between the law on drugs and a rectification of the substance/effect dichotomy, which according to Szasz is simply perceived the wrong way around: We are repelled by the opium habit (for example) not because it is harmful, but the other way around: we regard it as harmful in order to maintain our justification for prohibiting it. (Szasz, 1974: 34) 44 Culture on drugs For Derrida this would constitute a kind of double-blind argument: it is a pharmakon whose effect is distorted by a placebo factor.

To repeat the speech having learnt it by heart, as the naive Phaedrus attempts (and fails to do, thus providing him with a reason to read it out aloud), enables Plato to illustrate the form of repetition which is governed by possession and re-presentation of the substance of the speech in the analogue in which it is inscribed (the written scroll Phaedrus had stashed under his cloak – in anticipation of his failure of memory). However, it transpires, this is not the kind of ‘drug use’ Socrates is interested in engaging in.

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