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Michel Foucault
(1926-1984) born on
Oct 15
English historian, philosopher. He was a cultural historian who wrote the award-winning "Madness and Civilization," 1961.
In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.

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 . . .
As the archeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.
The judges of normality are present everywhere. We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge, the "social worker" -judge.
Madness is the absolute break with the work of art; it forms the constitutive moment of abolition, which dissolves in time the truth of the work of art.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, pt. 4, ch. 3 (1975).
R: "The Concern for Truth," interview in Le Magazine Littéraire (Paris, May 1984; repr. in Foucault Live, ed. by Sylvère Lotringer, 1989).
A: The Order of Things, ch. 10 (1966; tr. 1970).
N: Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, pt. 4, ch. 3 (1975).
K: Madness and Civilization, Conclusion (1961; tr. 1965).

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