Michel Foucault

Michel
Foucault
1926
1984

French Philosopher, Social Theorist and Historian of Ideas

Author Quotes

Truth isn’t outside power, or lacking in power: contrary to a myth whose history and functions would repay further study, truth isn’t the reward of free spirits, the child of protracted solitude, nor the privilege of those who have succeeded in liberating themselves. Truth is a thing of this world: it is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of constraint. And it induces regular effects of power. Each society has its regime of truth, its ‘general politics’ of truth: that is, the types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true; the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements, the means by which each is sanctions; the techniques and procedures accorded value in the acquisition of truth; the status of those who are charged with saying what counts as true.

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First Name
Michel
Last Name
Foucault
Birth Date
1926
Death Date
1984
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French Philosopher, Social Theorist and Historian of Ideas