ANNE-MARIE BOWERY treatments of Heidegger, Gillespie, Yoder, and MacIntyre, though less detailed, are equally balanced and insightful. Toole argues that to understand fully the possibility of human meaning within the world, it is necessary to turn to Foucault. Foucault provides a political dimension to the tragic nature of experience. Though Toole provides a lengthy discussion of Foucault's early works such as Madness and Civilization, the later works are more central to his purpose. He appropriates Foucault's notion of strategies, tactics, and techniques of resistances from Discipline and Punish. Here and elsewhere, Foucault offers hints as to how the poet might enter the political realm. For example, Foucault asks, "What is it that enables people there, on the spot, to resist the Gulag, what makes it intolerable for them, and what can give the people of the anti-Gulag the courage to stand up and die in order to be able to utter a word or a poem?"1 Toole characterizes this question as "inherently theological" because it "leads us in the same direction as the analysis of language, that leads us beyond ourselves toward the mystery that exists not only prior to the sentences we speak but also prior to
The Journal of Nietzsche Studies – Penn State University Press
Published: Jul 8, 2003
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