The critique Visker makes of Foucault, as well as the general problematic he identifies for any post-structuralist form of cultural critique, has haunted me ever since
The critique Visker makes of Foucault, as well as the general problematic he identifies for any post-structuralist form of cultural critique, has haunted me ever since. In a nutshell, Visker deconstructs Foucault's mode of critique in the literal, Derridean sense: through immanent critique, he shows how the conditions of possibility for Foucault's mode of critique are simultaneously its conditions of impossibility--in part because Foucault's form of critique inadvertently invokes the metaphysics of presence he opposes.
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The reception of Michel Foucault s work has often been divided between two unsatisfactory alternatives
The reception of Michel Foucault s work has often been divided between two unsatisfactory alternatives. On the one had there are those who admire the detail of his concrete analysis, but wonder how the political and ethical commitments they seem to rely on can be justified. On the other, there are those who deny the need for normative foundations, but also find it difficult to explain what makes Foucault s archaeologies and genealogies critical.
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Paul-Michel Foucault (UK: /ˈfuːkoʊ/ FOO-koh, US: /fuːˈkoʊ/ foo-KOH, French: ; 15 October 1926 – 25 June 1984), generally known as Michel Foucault, was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist and literary critic. Foucault's theories primarily address the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions.
Genealogy as Critique. by Rudi Visker Translated by Chris Turner. Part of the Phronesis series. Rudi Visker’s book is not only a lucid and elegant survey of Foucault’s corpus, from his early work on madness to the History of Sexuality, but also a major intervention in this debate.
Michel Foucault, philosopher? A note on genealogy and archaeology. Genealogy as Critique (London, Verso, 1995; transl. from the German which appeared at Fink Verlag, Munich, 1991); Truth and Singularity. My title formulates a question that is mainly addressed to myself. Archaeology defends some version of it, genealogy casts it aside altogether. Introducing Foucault into Phenomenology (Kluwer, Phaenomenologica nr. 155); The Inhuman Condition.
PH348: Genealogy and Critique of Neoliberalism: Foucault and Bataille.
PH348: Genealogy and Critique of Neoliberalism: Foucault and Bataille Previous: The Cambridge companion to Foucault. Library availability.
61 R. Visker, Michel Foucault: Genealogy as Critique, trans. C. Turner (London and New York: Verso, 1995), pp. 57ff. 17 accusing those sciences of a liaison dangereuse with power. 62 He then goes on to say that the hyphen between power and knowledge leads to a differentiation which ultimately breaks down the conjoining of the two terms. Visker identifies three attempts (on the part of Foucault) at differentiation.