Originally posted on The Global Perambulator:
Why Foucault Now?
As the work of Antonio Negri, Michael Hardt and Slavov Zizek attests to, Michel Foucault can be seen as the one of the most influential philosophers of the Occupy Wall Street era. The reason for this is that his philosophy is not abstract but is actively engaged in the process transformation of all aspects of society; from the personal to the collective. He stated that his philosophical project was nothing more than a set of tools for people to pick up and use in order to undo the lies and distortions that are presented to us as ‘truth’. This intention has much in common with Brecht’s dictum: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” Anybody with even the briefest contact with Foucault’s work can easily see relevance and the useful potentialities of his perspectives in today’s world of competing discourses; the discourses in the street from below against the discourse of the capitalist organs of media from above. Many parts of the world have obviously reached a boiling point where the dominant neo-liberal discourse is no longer tolerable. For these reasons, as well as, an interest by some friends to explore the ideas of Michel Foucault, I am posting a short introduction to his work, ideas and concepts. At the end of the article you will find links to lectures and discussions on Foucault from a symposium held at the Pacific Centre For Technology And Culture
A Short Introduction To Foucault: