Michel Foucault

(Paul-Michel Foucault)

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… history is that which transforms documents into monuments History
… history itself appears to be abandoning the eruption of events in favor of stable structures History
Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline. Society ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There are more ideas on earth than intellectuals imagine. And these ideas are more active, stronger, more resistant, more passionate than politicians think. Miscellaneous
There is object proof that homosexuality is more interesting than heterosexuality. It's that one knows a considerable number of heterosexuals who would wish to become homosexuals, whereas one knows very few homosexuals who would really like to become heterosexuals. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As the archaeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.
As the archeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.
Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism. Freedom & Liberty
If repression has indeed been the fundamental link between power, knowledge, and sexuality since the classical age, it stands to reason that we will not be able to free ourselves from it except at a considerable cost. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Power
In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating. Power
Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work it does on itself and on its institutions. Society ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Society ;Power
The strategic adversary is fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Power
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. Society ;Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle