Michel Foucault




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“As to those for whom to work hard, to begin and begin again, to attempt and be mistaken, to go back and rework everything from top to bottom, and still find reason to hesitate from one step to the next--as to those, in short, for whom to work in the midst of uncertainty and apprehension is tantamount to failure, all I can say is that clearly we are not from the same planet.” (The Use of Pleasure, p 7.)

“. . . the further one goes in interpretation, the closer one approaches at the same time an absolutely dangerous region where interpretation is not only going to find its points of no return but where it is going to disappear itself as interpretation, bringing perhaps the disappearance of the interpreter himself. The existence that always approached some absolute point of interpretation would be at the same time that of a breaking point [point de rupture] [point de rupture].” (“Nietzsche, Freud, Marx,” [1964] 63.)

"We have to determine the extent to which our anti-Hegelianism is possibly one of his [Hegel's] tricks directed against us, at the end of which he stands, motionless, waiting for us." ("Discourse on Language")


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Folie et déraison / Madness and Civilization (1961)
Naissance de la clinique / The Birth of the Clinic (1963)
“Nietzsche, Freud, Marx,” (1964)
Les Mots et les Choses / The Order of Things (1966)
“Des espaces autres, Hétérotopies” / Hetertopias of Other Spaces” (1967)
“Ceci n’est pas une pipe” / “This is not a Pipe” (1968)
“Qu’est-ce qu’un auteur? / “What Is an Author?” (1969)
L’Archéologie du savoir / A rchaeology of Knowledge (1969)
“L’Ordre du discours” / “Discourse on Language” (1970)
“Theatrum Philosophicum” (1970)
“Nietzsche, la genealogie, l’histoire” / Nietzsche, Genealogy, History” (1971)
“Manet” (1971)
“Truth and Judicial Forms” (1974)
Surveiller et Punir / Discipline and Punishment (1975)
Histoire de la sexualité 1 - La Volonté de savoir / History of Sexuality: Vol. 1 (1976)
“Eye of Power” (1977)
“The Subject and Power” (1982)
“Discourse and Truth: The Problem of Parrhesia” (1983)
“Parrhesiasts” (1983)
“Qu’est-ce que les Lumières ?” /  “What is Enlightenment?” (1984)
“Mal Faire, Dire Vrai” (extraits)
Histoire de la sexualité 2, Histoire de la sexualité 3 - Le Souci de soi / History of Sexuality: Vol. II-III (1984)