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

‘I don’t write a book so that it will be the final word; I write a book so that other books are possible, not necessarily written by me’.

Michel Foucault (1994) [1971] ‘Entretien avec Michel Foucault’. In Dits et Ecrits vol II (of 4 volume version). Paris: Gallimard, pp. 157-74. (This passage trans. Clare O’Farrell).

One thought on “Foucault quote: On writing books

  1. Niki Kasumi Clements says:

    Thank you, Clare. I’ve been thinking about this precise remark over the past month as we’ve been engaging in the Foucault’s Confessions series!

    The need to keep Les aveux de la chair an open and incomplete text amplifies the need to take Foucault at his word. With Les aveux remaining in draft form, perhaps MF might have said that he didn’t write this book as *even his own* final word.


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