butler on the critical perspective

Without the critical perspective, politics relies fundamentally on an unknowingness – and a depoliticizsation – of the very relations of force by which its own field of operation is insituted.

The questioning of taken-for-granted conditions becomes possible on occasion; but one cannot get there through a though experiment, en epoché, an act of will. One gets there, as it were, through suffering the dehiscence, the breakup, the ground itself.

Judith Bulter, Is Kinship Always Already Heterosexual?