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Ideas of Michel Foucault, by Text

[French, 1926 - 1984, Born at Poitiers. Professor at the Collège de France, Paris.]

1976 Truth and Power (interview)
p.114 p.114 Why does knowledge appear in sudden bursts, and not in a smooth continuous development?
p.115 p.115 Structuralism systematically abstracted the event from sciences, and even from history
p.116 p.116 History lacks 'meaning', but it can be analysed in terms of its struggles
p.117 p.117 Marxists denounced power as class domination, but never analysed its mechanics
p.120 p.120 Power doesn't just repress, but entices us with pleasure, artefacts, knowledge and discourse
p.131 p.131 Truth doesn't arise from solitary freedom, but from societies with constraints
p.131 p.131 Every society has a politics of truth, concerning its values, functions, prestige and mechanisms
p.132 p.132 'Truth' is the procedures for controlling which statements are acceptable
1980 Power/Knowledge
p.12 Foucault can't accept that power is sometimes decent and benign
1982 Space, Knowledge and Power (interview)
p.358 p.358 The big issue since the eighteenth century has been: what is Reason? Its effect, limits and dangers?
1983 On the Genealogy of Ethics
p.253 p.253 Greeks and early Christians were much more concerned about food than about sex
p.254 p.254 Stoicism was an elitist option to lead a beautiful life
p.260 p.260 Early Greeks cared about city and companions; later Greeks concentrated on the self
p.261 p.261 Why couldn't a person's life become a work of art?
1984 Ethics of the Concern for Self as Freedom
p.282 p.282 The idea of liberation suggests there is a human nature which has been repressed
p.284 p.284 Ethics is the conscious practice of freedom
p.286 p.286 When logos controls our desires, we have actually become the logos
p.287 p.287 A philosopher is one who cares about what other people care about
p.290 p.290 A subject is a form which can change, in (say) political or sexual situations
p.293 p.293 Philosophy and politics are fundamentally linked
p.296 p.296 Saying games of truth were merely power relations would be a horrible exaggeration
p.298 p.298 The aim is not to eliminate power relations, but to reduce domination
p.300 p.300 Critical philosophy is what questions domination at every level