Derrida and drugs

Gough, Tim (2008) Derrida and drugs. In: Addiction and obsession conference; 09 - 11 Ju 2008, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Derrida, in the interview Rhetoric of Drugs (1993), following on from the explication of the notion of pharmakon (both poison and beneficial drug, at the same time), outlines a possible �theory� of drugs and addiction. It has several key features: � there are no drugs in nature: the definition of �drug� is an institutionalised one � the concept of drugs is non-scientific, non-positive � drugs are a parasitism �at once accidental and essential�; and are thus a topic to which deconstruction, as a parasitical discourse (both in topic and in its nature), pays attention This paper will discuss how this �theory� of drugs can cast light on the nature of addiction and obsession. In pointing to the paradoxical and so-far self-defeating attempts to control drug use, supply, and the obsessions which feed of this, we will call into question whether a politics of representation can ever adequately address the problems raised by drug prohibition or whether indeed such problems need to be framed in a non-representational manner.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Event Title: Addiction and obsession conference
Research Area: Pharmacy
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > School of Architecture and Landscape
Depositing User: Timothy Gough
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2009 09:59
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:48

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