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Michel Foucault

YYW
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2/5/2013 9:32:34 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
What do you know about him?
What do you think about what you know about him?
What do you think about him, and why?

I'll give my thoughts after others give theirs.

I'm especially interested if you have read:

Madness and Civilization
History of Sexuality, Vol. 1
Discipline and Punish
The Archeology of Knowledge

I'll eagerly await your responses.
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2/5/2013 11:15:35 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Like his historical work (e.g. greek eros), not so hot on his theorizing (power relations). But I also don't know him too in-depth. Wasn't a big AIDs believer, IRRC.
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2/6/2013 11:22:08 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/5/2013 11:15:35 PM, Wnope wrote:
Like his historical work (e.g. greek eros), not so hot on his theorizing (power relations). But I also don't know him too in-depth. Wasn't a big AIDs believer, IRRC.

Is this what you're not fond of?

http://www.csun.edu...
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2/6/2013 8:25:31 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/6/2013 11:22:08 AM, YYW wrote:
At 2/5/2013 11:15:35 PM, Wnope wrote:
Like his historical work (e.g. greek eros), not so hot on his theorizing (power relations). But I also don't know him too in-depth. Wasn't a big AIDs believer, IRRC.

Is this what you're not fond of?

http://www.csun.edu...

I recall only reading a few paragraphs of one of his theoretical books and being turned off (after having read the History of Sexuality series).

I'm hazy on the details since it was nearly a decade ago, but I recall having issues with him quasi-personifying power when describing scenarios and the universal nature of this "power" creating analytical ambiguities I didn't like.

If I remembered more, I'd give a better defense.