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Single Idea 21945

[catalogued under 2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 7. Status of Reason]

Full Idea

In early work Foucault writes in opposition to the Enlightenment. ..The reason that was supposed to liberate us has itself become the primary instrument of our domination. ..His heroisation of the mad aims to set up an alternative to the regime of reason.

Gist of Idea

Foucault originally felt that liberating reason had become an instrument of domination


report of Michel Foucault (works [1978]) by Gary Gutting - Foucault: a very short introduction 7

Book Reference

Gutting,Gary: 'Foucault' [OUP 2005], p.76

A Reaction

Adorno and Horkheimer are cited as background. I hear Spinoza turning in his grave, because right reason could never be an instrument of domination.