Foucault News

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

Perhaps the role of the philosopher, the role of philosopher at present, is not to be a theoretician of totality, but the diagnostician, if you will allow me to use this word, the diagnostician of today. Raymond Aron and Michel Foucault, (2007) Dialogue, Paris: Nouvelles Editions Lignes, p. 22. This passage trans. Clare O’Farrell

‘In the Western imagination, reason has long belonged to terra firma. Island or continent, it repels water with a solid stubbornness: it only concedes its sand. As for unreason, it has been aquatic from the depths of time and that until fairly recently. And more precisely oceanic: infinite space, uncertain … Madness is the flowing …

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‘Research has become the scientific and practical raison d’être of psychology, the social and historical raison d’être of the psychologist. From the moment you become a psychologist, you research. What? What other researchers allow you to research, because you don’t (re)search in order to find, but to research, in order to have researched, to be …

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Reason of state is not an art of government according to divine, natural, or human laws. It doesn’t have to respect the general order of the world. It’s government in accordance with the state’s strength. It’s government whose aim is to increase this strength within an extensive and competitive framework… Political rationality has grown and …

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