Foucault News

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

William B. Ashworth, Jr, Scientist of the Day – Michel Foucault, Linda Hall Library, October 15 2019

Editor: The Linda Hall library is an independent research library located in Kansas devoted to science, engineering, and technology. This short tribute to Foucault’s work on science in The Order of Things, was published on his birthday October 15th. It includes a photo which appeared on an early English edition of The Order of Things in 1970. A photo which looks as though it comes from the 1960s from what I term Foucault’s pre-style days. (See earlier posted article on Foucault as fashion icon.)

Michel Foucault, a French philosopher, was born Oct. 15, 1926. At the College de France, he was Professor of the History of Systems of Thought, which was a pretty post indeed, since you can teach about anything you want under that rubric. Foucault is best known for his studies of social institutions, such as mental hospitals and prisons, but for me, his most important book was Les Mots et les choses (“Words and Things”), published in 1966 and translated into English as The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences in 1970.


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