Sleights of Reason: Norm, Bisexuality, Development (Google eBook)

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SUNY Press, Jan 2, 2012 - Philosophy - 158 pages
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A brilliant and original reimagining of sexuality, this book examines how concepts lend themselves to power/knowledge formations, and offers a robust synthesis of insights from Foucault and Deleuze to extend those into a proposal for a conceptual next step for imagining the structures of sexuality as eros. Many contemporary French philosophers make incidental use of the notion of a ruse. Its names are legion: ‘duplicity,’ ‘concealment,’ ‘forgetting,’ and ‘subterfuge,’ among others. This book employs Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy of the concept to describe three specifically conceptual ruses, or sleights, that make up part of the conceptual support for the concept of sex. These are the sleights associated with the concepts of norm, bisexuality and development. Mary Beth Mader argues that concepts can trick us, and shows how they can effect conceptual sleights, or what she calls sleights of reason.
  

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Contents

1 THE SLEIGHT OF REASON
1
2 SLEIGHTS OF THE NORM
43
3 SLEIGHTS OF BISEXUALITY
71
4 SLEIGHTS OF DEVELOPMENT
87
5 CONCLUSION
107
NOTES
123
BIBLIOGRAPHY
137
INDEX
143
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About the author (2012)

Mary Beth Mader is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. She is the translator of The Forgetting of Air in Martin Heidegger by Luce Irigaray.

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