Disorder as “Pseudo-Idea”

  • Steven Angelides Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, Australia

Abstract

This essay deconstructs the order/disorder binary. Drawing on the work of Henri Bergson, it replaces the idea of disorder with the concept of two positive orders. The essay concludes with a philosophical example of how we might reconceive the biomedical opposition of normality/pathology without relying on the idea of disorder. Résumé Cet essai déconstruit le concept binaire de normal/trouble. En se basant sur le travail d'Henri Bergson, il remplace l'idée du trouble avec le concept de deux «normativités » positives. L'essai conclut en offrant un exemple philosophique sur comment re-concevoir l'opposition biomédicale de normalité/ pathologie, sans avoir recours à l'idée du trouble.

Author Biography

Steven Angelides, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, Australia
Steven Angelides is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, Australia. He is the author of A History of Bisexuality (2001) and is completing a book entitled The Fear of Child Sexuality. Preliminary work from this manuscript, published in GLQ, was awarded the 2004 MLA Crompton-Noll Award for best essay in lesbian, gay, and queer studies.
Published
2012-05-17