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Scientia sexualis versus ars erotica: Foucault, van Gulik, Needham

Studies in History and Philosophy of Biol & Biomed Sci, 2011, Vol.42(3), pp.328-343 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Scientia sexualis versus ars erotica: Foucault, van Gulik, Needham
  • Author: Rocha, Leon Antonio
  • Found In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biol & Biomed Sci, 2011, Vol.42(3), pp.328-343 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Scientia Sexualis ; Ars Erotica ; Michel Foucault (1926–1984) ; Robert van Gulik (1910–1967) ; Joseph Needham (1900–1995) ; Sinography ; Sciences (General) ; Biology ; Philosophy
  • Language: English
  • Description: This paper begins with a discussion of the / distinction, which Foucault first advances in , and which has been employed by many scholars to do a variety of analytical work. Though Foucault has expressed his doubts regarding his conceptualization of the differences between Western and Eastern discourses of desire, he never entirely disowns the distinction. In fact, Foucault remains convinced that China must have an . I will explore Foucault’s sources of authority. To this end, I introduce the work of famous Dutch sinologist Robert Hans van Gulik, who published the tremendously influential in 1961, and also explore Joseph Needham’s view on Chinese sex. I argue that, Foucault, in his fierce polemic against the “Repressive Hypothesis”, himself imagined a utopian Other where pleasure and desire were organised differently. I end on a discuss on Orientalism and the...
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1369-8486 ; E-ISSN: 1879-2499 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2011.01.003

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