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Single Idea 8991

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / C. Ruling a State / 1. Social Power]

Full Idea

It became impossible for Foucault to accept that power is sometimes decent and benign.

Gist of Idea

Foucault can't accept that power is sometimes decent and benign


report of Michel Foucault (Power/Knowledge [1980]) by Roger Scruton - Upon Nothing: Swansea lecture p.12

Book Reference

Scruton,Roger: 'Upon Nothing' [University of Swansea 1993], p.12

A Reaction

Actually Idea 7425 suggests that Foucault has no dream of eliminating power, but he does seem to be utterly in favour of maximum autonomy, and to regard paternalism as inherently evil. What sort of parent would Foucault have been?

Related Idea

Idea 7425 The aim is not to eliminate power relations, but to reduce domination [Foucault]