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The Government of Desire: A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject

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2018.09.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Miguel de Beistegui, The Government of Desire: A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject, University of Chicago Press, 2018, 295pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226547374. Reviewed by John Protevi, Louisiana State University Miguel de Beistegui attempts here what Foucault called a "critical ontology of ourselves." His point of departure is examining the way we lead our lives as desiring subjects in the economic, sexual, and "symbolic" realms (the last being the necessarily intersubjective "desire for recognition"). Rather than being a commentary on what Foucault says, this book takes its lead from what he says but pushes it further, finding unexpected connections and new avenues of thought and practice. True to Foucault's methods, Beistegui looks to archival sources such as court transcripts and government documents, as well as to philosophers. He aims to denaturalize desire, to trace the ways we have been led to lead. . .

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