Philosophers {17} ~ Michel Foucault {1926-1984}

Historian, social theorist, and philosopher Michel Foucault, born in the riverfront city of Poiltiers, France, dedicated much of his teaching and writing to the examination of power and knowledge and their connection to social control. Though often identified as a postmodernist, Foucault preferred to think of himself as a critic of modernity. His service as an international diplomat on behalf of France also influenced his understanding of social constructs throughout history and how they have served to enforce racial, religious, and sexual inequality. His ideals have been particularly embraced by progressive movements, and he allied with many during his lifetime. Active in movements against racism, human rights abuses, prisoner abuses, and marginalization of the mentally ill, he is often cited as a major influence in movements for social justice, human rights, and feminism. More broadly speaking, his examination of power and social control has had a direct influence on the studies of sociology, communications, and political science.

Foucault’s Big Ideas
~Held the conviction that the study of philosophy must begin through a close and ongoing study of history;
~Demanded that social constructs be more closely examined for hierarchical inequalities, as well as through an analysis of the corresponding fields of knowledge supporting these unequal structures;
~Believed oppressed humans are entitled to rights and they have a duty to rise up against the abuse of power to protect these rights.

Foucault’s Key Works
~The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences (1966)
~The Archaeology of Knowledge: And the Discourse on Language (1969)
~Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975)

6 thoughts on “Philosophers {17} ~ Michel Foucault {1926-1984}”

      1. would you know if there are any published notes of discussion/conversation between him and Althusser or Habermas or (interestingly) Kristeva… just as Marx reply to Feurbach(sp) treatise has diminished through time… the private dialogue between the thinkers is, I feel, a great omission…

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  1. yeah, my guess is that such chat’nondiscursive’ lol is a rich stream of learning or as Bloch said so long ago is not yet conscious doh… if you are interested in complexity check out Bojan Radej… I also like what David Miller from Manchester Metropolitan University is saying about aftermath and trauma… thank you for stirring my interest and your efforts in putting the material up for all to see, greatly appreciate it btw snowconediaries is a tour de force too…

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