Foucault and enlightenment: A critical reappraisal

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In a late discussion of Kant’s essay, “Was ist Aufklarung?,” Foucault credits Kant with posing “the question of his own present” and positions himself as an inheritor of this Kantian legacy. Foucault has high praise for the critical tradition that emerges from Kant’s historical-political reflections on the Enlightenment and the French Revolution; Kant’s concern in these writings with “an ontology of the present, an ontology of ourselves” is, he says, characteristic of “a form of philosophy, from Hegel, through Nietzsche and Max Weber, to the Frankfurt School,” a form of philosophy in which Foucault, perhaps surprisingly, situates his own work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMichel Foucault
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781351917841
ISBN (Print)9780754628200
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences

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