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Pharmacological Ethics

Pharmacological Ethics Pharmacological Ethics Charles E. Scott Vanderbilt University Abstract An engagement with Derrida’s “Plato’s Pharmacy.” Th e paper addresses: where wordless things exist (in connection with pharmacological ambiguity), Derrida’s presentation of what he calls true morality (in connection with patricide, writing, and “straying with antisubstance”), the son’s replacement of the father in writing, (“the god of writing becomes the god of medicine”), and “pharmacological therapeia .” Th e paper ends with an account of “sensible awareness” and the ways in which the functions of cultural sensibility both confirm and show limits in Derrida’s pharmacological practices. Th e paper throughout addresses issues basic to how people live in the context of a pharmacological disposition. Keywords Plato, Pharmakon , Derrida, writing, sensibility “the graphic relations between the living and the dead” 1 “Let us begin again” 2 “. . . Pharmakon . . . antisubstance itself: that which resists any philosopheme, indefinitely exceeding its bounds as non-identity, nonessence, nonsubstance; granting philosophy by that very fact the inexhaustible adversity of what funds it and the infinite absence of what founds it.” 3 “the pharmakon makes one stray” 4 Th e above lines from Jacques Derrida’s “Plato’s Pharmacy” will provide the threads for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Pharmacological Ethics

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 37 (2): 239 – Jan 1, 2007

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Brill
Copyright
© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0085-5553
eISSN
1569-1640
DOI
10.1163/156916407X185674
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Abstract

Pharmacological Ethics Charles E. Scott Vanderbilt University Abstract An engagement with Derrida’s “Plato’s Pharmacy.” Th e paper addresses: where wordless things exist (in connection with pharmacological ambiguity), Derrida’s presentation of what he calls true morality (in connection with patricide, writing, and “straying with antisubstance”), the son’s replacement of the father in writing, (“the god of writing becomes the god of medicine”), and “pharmacological therapeia .” Th e paper ends with an account of “sensible awareness” and the ways in which the functions of cultural sensibility both confirm and show limits in Derrida’s pharmacological practices. Th e paper throughout addresses issues basic to how people live in the context of a pharmacological disposition. Keywords Plato, Pharmakon , Derrida, writing, sensibility “the graphic relations between the living and the dead” 1 “Let us begin again” 2 “. . . Pharmakon . . . antisubstance itself: that which resists any philosopheme, indefinitely exceeding its bounds as non-identity, nonessence, nonsubstance; granting philosophy by that very fact the inexhaustible adversity of what funds it and the infinite absence of what founds it.” 3 “the pharmakon makes one stray” 4 Th e above lines from Jacques Derrida’s “Plato’s Pharmacy” will provide the threads for

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: writing; Plato; sensibility; Pharmakon; Derrida

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