Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Anthony Merino, Politics of Perception: Post-Foucauldian Ceramics [Kindle Edition] Pam Luke (Editor), 2011

Whether due to his insight or influence, Foucault’s mixture of cynicism, paranoia and obsession with power mirrors our current cultural zeitgeist. His thoughts resonate on both thin edges of the American political thought. On the left, consider feminist law scholar Catharine MacKinnon who stated that men incarcerated for rape thinks it is stupid because “They were put into jail for something very little different from what most men do most of the time and they call it sex. The only difference is they got caught. It may also be right.” On the right, there are those who believe that including homosexuality as a personal choice would lead to an epidemic of sodomy. In speaking of homosexuality, Pat Buchanan sees even mere acceptance as wrong. While these ideas are clearly on the lip of the American political bell curve, it is an arch plotted on a Foucauldian graph. The X axis is knowledge and the Y axis is power. Contemporary ceramic artists create work in this milieu, Like a desert defines a cactus, Foucault’s theory of power and society define their work.

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