Michel Foucault Quotes (37 quotes)
“The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking...”
Variant translation: "The job of an intellectual does not consist in molding the political will of others. It is a matter of performing analyses in his or her own fields, of interrogating anew the evidence and the postulates, of shaking up habits, ways of acting and thinking" - Remarks on Marx: conversations with Duccio Trombadori (Semiotext(e) , 1991), p. 11-12
“If those arrangements [the fundamental arrangements of knowledge] were to disappear as they appeared... then one can certainly wager that man would be erased, like a face drawn in sand at the edge of the sea.”
The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences (1966), Chapter 10
“Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same: leave it to our bureaucrats and our police to see that our papers are in order. At least spare us their morality when we write.”
The Archaeology of Knoweldge (1972), tr. A. M. Sheridan Smith (New York: Pantheon)
“Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?”
Discipline & Punish (1977) as translated by Alan Sheridan, p. 228
“Homosexuality appeared as one of the forms of sexuality when it was transposed from the practice of sodomy into a kind of interior androgyny, a hermaphroditism of the soul. The sodomite had been a temporary aberration; the homosexual was now a species.”
The History of Sexuality vol. 1, pt. 2, Chapter 2 (1976) (translated by Robert Hurley)
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Picture Source: WikipediaMichel Foucault
Born: October 15, 1926
Died: June 26, 1984 (aged 57)
Bio: 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 both the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley.