Michel Foucault was a famous French philosopher and social theorist. He was born on this day, October 15, in the year 1926 and passed away on June 25, 1984.
Here are some of his thought-provoking words of wisdom.
“The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.”
“Maybe the target nowadays is not to discover what we are but to refuse what we are.”
“What desire can be contrary to nature since it was given to man by nature itself?”
“From the idea that the self is not given to us, I think there is only one practical consequence: we have to create ourselves as a work of art.”
“Man will be totally and definitively cured only if he is first liberated.”
“I don’t write a book so that it will be the final word; I write a book so that other books are possible, not necessarily written by me.”
“You may have killed God beneath the weight of all that you have said; but don’t imagine that, with all that you are saying, you will make a man that will live longer than he.”
“Where there is power, there is resistance.”
“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.”
“The first task of the doctor is political: the struggle against disease must begin with a war against bad government.”
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