Michel Foucault Questions and Answers

Michel Foucault

Foucault’s essay “What is an Author?” might be seen as an example of (post)structuralism, if not of the post-human. Foucault is not interested in the author as a person. That view of the author as...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2011, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

The topic of the application of Foucault's concepts to female beauty has been the subject of a goodly number of missives and tomes by written by feminists. One of the problems feminists see with...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2014, 1:32 am (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault, an influential French philosopher of the last half of the 20th century whose work dealt primarily with the relationship between knowledge and power, opens his essay, "What is an...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2018, 11:19 am (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

To a considerable extent, Foucault can be seen as one of the guiding spirits behind the school of criticism known as New Historicism. The leading lights of New Historicism such as Stephen...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019, 10:29 am (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

There are always rules of engagement--spoken or otherwise. Even when, in debate or persuasive discourse, there seems that no true rules are being followed, the speaker has a strategy. It's like...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2008, 8:37 am (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

Foucault spends about the first half of "What Is an Author?" explaining (or really, working up to) his own explanation of what the function of an author is. He begins by explaining that an author...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016, 7:33 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault was a French philosopher who explored three important subjects that had been mostly ignored in philosophy until then: madness, sexuality, and prison. He also did some important work...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2017, 3:14 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

By "agency," we mean the ability of a subject to act independently and affect change on their surroundings. Foucault problematizes this definition by arguing that subjectivity is produced by the...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2021, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

The "Order" in Foucault's "The Order of Things," refers to what according to Foucault was that all periods of history possess certain underlying conditions of truth that constitute what is known as...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2013, 8:42 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

In Michel Foucault’s mind, one of the primary functions of the author is to serve as organizing principle for a variety of texts. In “What Is an Author?,” Foucault argues that an author “serves as...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2020, 6:54 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

I can talk about Judith Butler and Foucault. Essentialism, which both reject, says that the gender we are born with carries with it genetic components that make girls innately—genetically—"girly"...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2020, 11:48 am (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

In many of his works, Michel Foucault relates the materiality of the body to its cultural surroundings. In fact, scholars agree that Foucault questions whether or not there truly is a material body...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2015, 1:48 am (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

In the essay "What is Enlightenment?," Foucault invokes the formulation of Kant, in the philosopher's response to that question as posed by a contemporary newspaper, as a relevant precursor to the...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020, 3:18 am (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

Part 1: Foucault's primary project, for nearly all of his work, is to explore why certain social phenomena emerged into the present in a certain way. In the case of sexuality, he is interested in...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021, 6:39 am (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

Much of Michel Foucault’s work on the social construction of the social subject revolves around his idea of biopower and biopolitics. For Foucault, these terms illustrate a key change in how...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2021, 8:45 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

In Discipline and Punish, Foucault discusses how the penal system has had the illusion of progress. It does seem that humanism influenced a more humane use for prison systems. He describes a...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

Foucault studied under Louis Althusser, an influential Marxist thinker, who examined the way social systems control human subjects. Althusser noted that human subjects are molded via certain...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2013, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

When considering critical questions that can be asked about the two Michel Foucault texts and the Hayden White essay, it would be useful to figure out a few of the common themes first. Once the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2021, 3:41 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

If by "classical philosophers" you mean philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato, then their critique of Foucault's positions, especially his later (post-Left) work on who initiates discourse; in...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013, 9:23 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

In “What is an Author?” Michel Foucault argues that an author is defined by the texts that are associated with them. Foucault says that if William Shakespeare was found to be born in a different...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021, 2:29 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

Foucault makes comparisons between societal strictures about healthy diet and healthy sexuality. Philosophers, especially Stoics, drew direct parallels between abstinence from food and drink and...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

When it comes to the ways in which Rita Gross and Michel Foucault influenced their respective fields—theology and queer theory—think about how their work was groundbreaking and paved the way for...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2021, 4:34 pm (UTC)

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Michel Foucault

Foucault's ideas are often couched in impenetrable jargon, both by the philosopher himself and by those who write about him and apply his theories. The general principle behind much of his work,...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2020, 7:20 pm (UTC)

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