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

Goran Gaber, Small Words, Big Consequences. On Michel Foucault’s Genealogy of the Critical Attitude, The Philosophical Salon, 8 November 2021

Michel Foucault has been called many things, from a young conservative to a faux radical, from a neo-liberal to an infantile leftist. Whatever the hermeneutical value of these epithets may be, there is a term with which Foucault is almost unequivocally associated, namely, critique.

As for the latter, it is, almost as inevitably as with Foucault, tied with the notion of history. In other words, it is difficult to imagine a properly critical philosophical enterprise that would not, at least to some extent, investigate concrete historical phenomena or present its argument with reference to particular historical events or general historical processes.

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