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Foucault and Critique: Kant, Humanism and the Human Sciences

Olssen, MEH (2003) Foucault and Critique: Kant, Humanism and the Human Sciences In: Futures of Critical Theory. Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 73-102. ISBN 074252860X

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Abstract

This article outlines Foucault's conception of critique in relation to his writings on Kant. In that Kant saw enlightenment as a process of release from the status of immaturity in that we accept someone else's authority to lead us in areas where the use of reason is called for, it is claimed in this article that Foucult's notion of critique reveals his own conception of maturity. Whereas Kant sees maturity as the rule of self by self through reason, Foucault sees it as an attitude towards ourselves and the present through an historical analysis of the limits, and the possibility of transgression, of going beyond. Critique is thus a permanent interrogation of the limits, an escape from normalization, and a facing-up to the challenges of self-creation while seeking to effect changes in social structures on specific regional issues of concern. The article concludes by suggesting that the problem of historical and epistemological relativism, which a conception of total critique gives rise to, may not be as insurmountable as some critics of Foucault have claimed.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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Olssen, MEHUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2003
Uncontrolled Keywords : Social Science
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:26
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 16:32
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/804860

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