Michel Foucault





Michel Foucault

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in Poitiers, France
June 15, 1926

died
June 25, 1984

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Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, social theorist and historian of ideas. He held a chair at the Collège de France with the title "History of Systems of Thought," and lectured at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences and the prison system, as well as for his work on the history of human sexuality. His writings on power, knowledge, and discourse have been widely influential in academic circles. In the 1960s Foucault was associated with structuralism, a movement from which he distanced himself. Foucault also rejected the poststructuralist and postmodernist labels later attributed...more


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Power/Knowledge: Selected I...
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The Foucault Reader
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More books by Michel Foucault…
“People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.”
Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

“I don't feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.”
Michel Foucault

“Knowledge is not for knowing: knowledge is for cutting.”
Michel Foucault, The Foucault Reader

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