Foucault Series with Todd May #7: The Difference Between Norms, Normativity & Normal.

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Todd on the set of the Good Place‘Normative’ generally means relating to an evaluative standard and normativity is generally viewed as the phenomenon in human societies of designating some actions or outcomes as good or desirable or permissible and others as bad or undesirable or impermissible.’s faculty and resident philosopher Todd May begins the next chapter of the theoretical/practice series by discussing the practices of societal norms, normatively and two kinds of normal. The discussion runs through various positions of reflection and reflexivity necessary for maintaining narrative practice values. Guests include VSNT faculty and members.


Todd May PhD

Todd on the set of the Good Place

Todd May is a faculty member and resident philosopher at the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. He was (until 2022) a Professor of Philosophy and is the author of seventeen philosophy books, including books on Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. Todd continues to work as a grassroots organizer on numerous political issues, has taught philosophy in…


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Comments (2)

  1. brig wood says:

    Wow, this sounds really exciting. I hope you include Derrida too (and possibly Levinas).

    Michael White’s genius was his incredible ability in applying the various thinkers he read to counselling practice (Bruner, Vygotsky and Foucault of crouse being the most obvious examples). What really gets me though, given how difficult these theorists are to decipher, was the way the practices or approaches he established from reading them were just so simple to grasp; such that you don’t have to be a philosopher to ‘get it’; and so ‘doable’, utterly practicable, actually usable in real world practice – and in ways that renders these theorists ideas really significant and powerful in their effects.

    With this in mind, I’d be so interested in hearing not only the general theories of each of the philosophers you choose to discuss, but also any ideas you have about possible practical applications these theorists may have for our counselling practice – especially in terms of those aspects that are ‘unique’ to the particular theorist you are discussing.

    Anyways – just some thoughts..


    1. VSNT says:

      What your suggesting Brig is exactly what Todd and I are intending to do with the series. See you soon. Thanks!


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