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By Sverre Raffnsøe, Morten S Thaning, Marius Gudmand-Hoyer

Michel Foucault is still highly influential. His diagnoses problem us to reconsider an important phenomena equivalent to insanity, self-discipline, the human sciences, the nation, neoliberalism, sexuality and topic formation. in response to his paintings in its entirety, and with unique emphasis on his many lately released lecture sequence, this publication presents an up to date, accomplished and unique account of his inspiration. by way of studying Foucault as a thinker, it bargains an intensive systematic review and dialogue of his exact notion of philosophical perform and brings a unifying trajectory in his paintings to gentle.

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176–177). 81 [LVS]: 19/{LWK}: 18. 82 [HS]: 19/{HSb}: 17. 83 Knowing yourself is thus important in Antiquity and even early Christian asceticism, but primarily because examining oneself to discern the truth about oneself is a necessary prerequisite for the ability to taking appropriate care of oneself. ”84 As a consequence, the act of knowing and accessing the truth is intimately entwined with transformation and transfiguration. ”85 For the subject to have access to the truth, “he must be changed, transformed, shifted, and become, to some extent and up to a certain point, other than himself.

85 For the subject to have access to the truth, “he must be changed, transformed, shifted, and become, to some extent and up to a certain point, other than himself. ”86 Simultaneously, the subject is transformed by the act of knowledge in which it accesses the truth by effects of the truth which rebound on the subject. 88 Insofar as knowledge, as earlier suggested, is here conceived as “a desire to know that trembles in the simple agreeableness of the sensation,” another connected and essential aspect of knowledge accentuated in Antiquity is scaled down or even excluded:89 knowledge and truth experienced as decisive, daunting and largely unpredictable events that transform not only the cognizing subject, but the entire setting in unforeseeable ways; knowledge and truth as phenomena that one is far from simply desiring naturally and being able to contemplate serenely; an experience of truth and knowledge as something formidable that may force itself on you as something which fascinates and is to be feared.

23. Introduction: A Philosophical Trajectory 13 According to Foucault, however, philosophical meditation as diagnosis of the present begins with another kind of grey. 34 Accordingly, it is an already juvenile grey that is promising in its anticipation of a day that breaks. While in Hegel the owl of Minerva flies at nightfall to probe and reconnoite an existing, dwindling landscape, for Foucault the owl of Minerva needs to spreads its wings at daybreak to explore an unfamiliar and uncharted landscape still emerging before our eyes.

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