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Part 2: Foucault

Foucault focused on truth, on Wahrsagen. That is what he admired in Lacan: the ethic of this difficult or "tragic" truth in our libidinal existence that would exceed any knowledge of our Good. Yet to this grand idea, he wanted to address a series of skeptical questions. Did we really have to place at the heart of our eros a "signifying chain" that would always be leading back to an impasse or failing in our desire, and forward to the intricate role this desire would keep having in our lives? Or was this not just the presumption of a specific practice of interpretation, a particular "hermeneutic of the self"? Indeed, could it be that the "revolutionary" idea of ourselves as "subjects of desire" in fact continues a confessional tradition, a jeu de verite of a time and place that had made it possible to say only one sort of truth about ourselves: the truth concerning our "desire"?