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The Classical Roots of Poststructuralism: Lacan, Derrida, and Foucault

Paul Allen Miller
International Journal of the Classical Tradition
Vol. 5, No. 2 (Fall, 1998), pp. 204-225
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30222818
Page Count: 22
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The Classical Roots of Poststructuralism: Lacan, Derrida, and Foucault
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Abstract

This paper argues that French poststructuralist theory does not represent a movement antithetical to Classics and the Classical Tradition, but should be read as its extension. Major recurring themes of poststructuralist thought are articulated at the beginning of the 1960's in Lacan's commentaries on Sophocles' Antigone and Plato's Symposium. Derrida's reading of the Phaedrus as well as his citation of the Platonic tradition in his dispute with Foucault over the latter's Histoire de lafolie further confirm the importance of the Hellenic tradition to poststructuralism's engagement with occidental philosophy. Finally, Foucault's late turn to Stoicism and the philosophers of the Roman imperial period can be seen as a response to and criticism of the positions established by Lacan and Derrida. The Classics are not only relevant to understanding poststructuralist theory and philosophy, but actually define the terms of its debates.

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