David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (5):545-565 (2010)
I offer a major reassessment of Foucault’s philosophico-historical account of the basic problems of modernity. I revise our understanding of Foucault by countering the influential misinterpretations proffered by his European interlocutors such as Habermas and Derrida. Central to Foucault’s account of modernity was his work on two crucial concept pairs: freedom/power and reason/madness. I argue against the view of Habermas and Derrida that Foucault understood modern power and reason as straightforwardly opposed to modern freedom and madness. I show that Foucault held a much more complex view of these pairs, a view encapsulated in his term ‘reciprocal incompatibility’. By revising our interpretation of Foucault’s work on modernity in this way, we open the way to much more effective deployments of his critical apparatus
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Timothy Rayner (2003). Between Fiction and Reflection: Foucault and the Experience-Book. [REVIEW] Continental Philosophy Review 36 (1):27-43.
Ferda Keskin (2007). Foucault's Kantian Legacy. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 11:97-107.
Geoff Danaher (2000). Understanding Foucault. Sage Publications.
Samantha Ashenden & David Owen (eds.) (1999). Foucault Contra Habermas: Recasting the Dialogue Between Genealogy and Critical Theory. Sage.
Gary Gutting (1989). Michel Foucault's Archaeology of Scientific Reason. Cambridge University Press.
José Guilherme Merquior (1985/1987). Foucault. University of California Press.
Lorraine Landry (2000). Beyond the 'French Fries and the Frankfurter': An Agenda for Critical Theory. Philosophy and Social Criticism 26 (2):99-129.
Dieter Freundlieb (1988). Rationalism V. Irrationalism? Habermas's Response to Foucault. Inquiry 31 (2):171 – 192.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads46 ( #35,829 of 1,101,124 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #22,982 of 1,101,124 )
How can I increase my downloads?