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Michel Foucault on asking questions of and about power


Our civilization has developed the most complex system of knowledge, the most sophisticated structures of power. What has this kind of knowledge, this type of power made of us? In what way are those fundamental experiences of madness, suffering, death crime, desire, individuality connected — even if we are not aware of it — with knowledge and power? I am sure I’ll never get the answer; but that does not mean that we don’t have to ask the question.

Michel Foucault, “Omnes et Singulatim”, 1979

Reference

Foucault, M. (2011). Power: The essential works of Michel Foucault 1954-1984. (J.D. Faubion, Ed.). Penguin UK, p. 311.

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