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Foucault, the “History of Thought,” and the Question of Enlightenment

My previous post examined how, during the last eighteen months of his life, Foucault repeatedly drew a distinction between the “history of thought” in which he was engaged and more conventional (though, in his view, “entirely legitimate“) approaches employed within … Continue reading

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On Michel Foucault’s Distinction between the “History of Ideas” and the “History of Thought”

In a May 1984 interview with Paul Rabinow, Michel Foucault characterized his general approach as follows: For a long time, I have been trying to see if it would be possible to describe the history of thought as distinct both … Continue reading

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Foucault on “Enlightenment” in Discipline and Punish

Discussing Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (or, to be more accurate, that portions of it that turn up in The Foucault Reader) in a seminar I taught this spring, I was struck, once again, by a sentence that reminded me … Continue reading

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A Blazon and a Fetish: Foucault, Habermas and the Debate that Never Was (Conclusion)

Michel Foucault began the first of his 1983 lectures on The Government of Self and Others with a few comments on the peculiar challenges of lecturing to a public with whom — given the nature of the Collège de France … Continue reading

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Foucault and Habermas on Kant, Modernity, and Enlightenment (The Debate that Never Was, Part IV)

The aim of my series of posts on the so-called “Foucault/Habermas Debate” has been to move the focus away from the discussion of the differences in their general approaches and return it to the more modest concerns that lay at … Continue reading

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Foucault on “Horkheimer” and “Aufklärung” (Marginal Notes on the Foucault/Habermas Debate)

One of the dangers of focusing as intently as I have on matters such as the so-called “Foucault/Habermas Debate” is the that one runs the risk of turning into something approximating the character played by Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Foucault — Foucault. Habermas, and the Debate that Never Was (Part III)

My last post on the so-called “Foucault/Habermas Debate” focused on the eulogy JürgenHabermas wrote in the wake of Michel Foucault’s death. The main theoretical claim of the eulogy was that Foucault, the one-time critic of the “Enlightenment project” (a project … Continue reading

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