Medusa's blood
Derrida's recreational pharmacology and the rhetoric of drugs
in Culture on drugs
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This chapter examines Jacques Derrida's pharmaceutical thinking, which is a form of philosophy on drugs, and the conceptual authoritarianism that attempts to control drugs and all matters relating to them, which it questions. It analyses Derrida's The Rhetoric of Drugs and suggests that Derrida clearly rejected the role of drugs in any notion of the passage to ‘the other side’, and has, in many contexts, sought to expose the mystical and scientific claims to the truth. The chapter also considers the ancient concept of Medusa's blood.

Culture on drugs

Narco-cultural studies of high modernity

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