Foucault and the Human Subject of Science

  • Garðar Árnason

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ethics book series (BRIEFSETHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Garðar Árnason
    Pages 1-6
  3. Garðar Árnason
    Pages 7-30
  4. Garðar Árnason
    Pages 31-58
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    Pages 59-82
  6. Garðar Árnason
    Pages 83-104
  7. Garðar Árnason
    Pages 105-107

About this book


This book offers a clear analysis of Foucault’s work on scientific knowledge and its relationship to individuals and society. It suggests a way of using Foucault’s tools for science criticism and resistance, while avoiding the pitfalls of vulgar relativism or irrational anti-science views. Two cases of scientific conflict are considered. The first considers left-handers as subjects of science, in particular studies which purport to show that left-handers die on average younger than right-handers. The second case considers Icelanders as subjects of science in the context of a partly failed attempt to construct a genetic database encompassing the entire nation.The book will be of interest to bioethicists and philosophers who are concerned with the interaction between science and its human subjects, as well as scholars concerned with Foucault’s work on science.


Foucault’s archaeology of knowledge the politics of thruth origin and development of archaelology sciences of man sciences of nature conceptions of left-handedness scientific study of left-handers Icelandic science the icelandic health sector database totally informative population archaeology of knowledge madness, medicine, theory biopolitics icelanders as subjects of science

Authors and affiliations

  • Garðar Árnason
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Ethics and History of MedicineUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany

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