Drugs: Rhetoric of Fantasy, Addiction to Truth by Dennis Schep, Wolfgang Schirmacher

By Dennis Schep, Wolfgang Schirmacher

In medicinal drugs - Rhetoric of delusion, habit to fact, Schep argues that most of writings approximately medicinal drugs fall into different types: clinical paintings that establishes aim wisdom yet neglects the experiential size, and texts that foreground the experiential features of drug intoxication on the price of rigor. during this wide-ranging research of drug discourse and its conceptual foundations, the writer claims that there are ancient and metaphysical purposes for our obvious lack of ability to deal with medicinal drugs at once. medicines became the locus of a couple of political, juridical and philosophical debates, yet almost all these debates fail to deal with the tensions among medicines, language and fact that lie on the root of the cultural historical past of narcotics. in response to the writer, if we wish to go beyond the easy dichotomy among condemnation and propagation that has characterised our attitudes towards medicinal drugs in fresh a long time, we needs to first come to phrases with those tensions. concerning the writer: Dennis Schep (1985) holds an MA measure from the eu Graduate institution, Saas-Fee. he's presently dwelling in Berlin, the place he pursues his PhD learn into autobiographical incursions in post-structuralist conception.

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Most drug users are, after all, objectively still anthropoi. ”163 Nevertheless, the unknowability of everything beyond the boundaries of our own subjective experience, always caught up in the mad temporality of its eternal here and now, has but rarely withheld us from sharing our feelings and desires with others; the communal sense that inhabits language shields us from solipsistic beliefs. And although we may never fully know what it is like to be something we are not, we have an impressive instrumentarium of resources at hand to know something about what it is like to be practically anything that has a consciousness.

The sun is … the only thing that gives without receiving,” (28) says Bataille. In exchanging this other thing that gives without receiving and refuses to succumb to the laws of our economy, exorcizing it in a thoroughly economic act, the narrator gets to keep his days and nights, his wisdom, his habits, the world. The restricted economy and its reassuring reason overcome the religiously tinted madness of Bataille's general economy. 125 The undoing of unity Fragmentation and expropriation “Who will ever relate the whole history of narcotica?

153 However, there is no reason to believe that this incapacity of language to grasp certain experiences attests to an a priori irreconcilability between language and these experiences. Perhaps, the breakdown of language in some narcotic experiences is merely due to the fact that over centuries, language has been attuned to consensual reality, whose outside Jünger and Hofmann had just confronted. Here, an objective phenomenology may help us to describe what up until now we have considered indescribable.

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