more from Michel Foucault

Single Idea 7424

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / E. Relativism / 1. Relativism]

Full Idea

When I talk about power relations and games of truth, I am absolutely not saying that games of truth are just concealed power relations - that would be a horrible exaggeration.

Gist of Idea

Saying games of truth were merely power relations would be a horrible exaggeration


Michel Foucault (Ethics of the Concern for Self as Freedom [1984], p.296)

Book Reference

Foucault,Michel: 'Essential Works 1954-1984 I: Ethics', ed/tr. Rabinow,Paul [Penguin 1994], p.296

A Reaction

I take this to be a denial of the more absurd forms of relativism. I think there is an interesting convergence between this kind of continental thinking, and the social view of justification found in the later work of Alvin Goldman.