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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.
         
   
F
In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.

R
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 . . .
A
As the archeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.
N
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.
K
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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