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Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault is a french philosopher.

Jrdan Ngn

on 26 March 2010

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Michel Foucault Famous Quotes "What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is only related to objects, and not to individuals, or to life." "Power is not an institution, and not a structure; neither is it a certain strength we are endowed with; it is the name that one attributes to a complex strategical situation in a particular society." "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." "Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism." According to a source, Michel Foucault had argued about values, and that they have no origin. Therefore, they cannot be predetermined universally by a metaphysical being. Ethical Dilemma There has been a fire breakout in the town. Meanwhile, there is a smaller fire at your home. The big fire threatens to burn down the whole town, but you can help save the townspeople and put out the town's fire. However, doing so will have let your own family down, and your house will be burned to the ground. But if you save your family, then the town will burn down. What would Foucault do? I think Foucault would go ahead and try to save himself. The town and the family represents values, but Foucault had argued against values. Therefore, I think Foucault would save himself. Sources/Works Cited "Michel Foucault Biography." 2010. Biography.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 22 Feb 2010. "Michel Foucault Quotes." 2010. Brainyquote.com. Brainyquotemedia.com, 2010. Web. 22 Feb 2010. "Power, Moral Values, and the Intellectual." 2010. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/historydept/michaelbess/Foucault%20Interview. Web. 23 Feb 2010. List of Criticisms Certain theorists have questioned the extent to which Foucault may be regarded as an ethical 'neo-anarchist.' Jürgen Habermas has described Foucault as a "crypto-normativist." I criticise against my philosopher for not having used any values. Deontology, the value to doing the right thing right now, could be used to help save people. Foucault may not have done that. Utilitarianism, having happiness given to the largest amount of people, could have been used to make people happy. Foucault, again, may not have done that. Consequentialism may have also done that. Yet again, Foucault, having not agreeing with any values whatsoever, may not have done that. This is why I criticise my philosopher, Michel Faucault. This has been made by Jrdan Nguyn, typos as necessary. The Major Issues and Philosophical Positions of Michel Foucault Michel Foucault is a moralist, and he believes that thinks the meaning of human existance is never to accept anything definitive, untouchable, obvious, or immobile. Michel Foucault has three elements in his morals: (1) The refusal to accept as self-evident the things that are proposed to us.

(2) The need to analyze and to know, since we can accomplish nothing without reflection and understanding—thus, the principle of curiosity.

(3) The principle of innovation: to seek out in our reflection those things that have never been thought or imagined. Thus, Foucault's three elements are: refusal, curiousity, and innovation. Foucault thinks that power is a relation of force. Foucault states that when people find a position when they can act upon the other people, they may revolt and rebel. Foucault states that the exersize of power should never be self-evident.
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