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Critique as Critical History


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bregham Dalgliesh
    Pages 1-33
  3. Bregham Dalgliesh
    Pages 35-71
  4. Bregham Dalgliesh
    Pages 73-100
  5. Bregham Dalgliesh
    Pages 101-132
  6. Bregham Dalgliesh
    Pages 133-168
  7. Bregham Dalgliesh
    Pages 169-204
  8. Bregham Dalgliesh
    Pages 205-237
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 239-252

About this book


This book presents the first sustained articulation of a Foucauldian œuvre. It situates Foucault’s critique within the tradition of Kant’s call for a philosophical archaeology of reason; in parallel, it demonstrates the priority in Foucault’s thought of Nietzsche over Heidegger and the framing of reason against an ontology of power. Bregham Dalgliesh hereby claims that at the heart of the Foucauldian œuvre is the philosophical method of critical history. Its task is to make the will to know that drives thought conscious of itself as a problem, especially the regimes of truth that define our governmentalities. By revealing the contingency of their constituent parts of knowledge, power and ethics, Dalgliesh demonstrates that critical history offers an alternative mode of critique to the hithertofore singular reading of the intellectual heritage of enlightenment, while it fosters an agonistic concept of freedom in respect of our putatively necessary limits.


Foucault Kant Nietzsche Heidegger agonistic

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of TokyoTokyoJapan

About the authors

Bregham Dalgliesh is associate professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He previously taught in Canada, the U.K. and France, where he remains an associate researcher of LASCO (Laboratoire Sens et Compréhension du monde contemporain) at the Institut Mines-Télécom. He has published widely across disciplines, with the task of philosophical critique taken up through an engagement with the multifarious effects of technoscience on the human condition.

Bibliographic information


“This book provides a definitive response to the view that Foucault is an anti-enlightenment thinker. In an impressively scholarly analysis, which encompasses thinkers from Nietzsche to Rawls, Dalgliesh defends Foucault against his philosophical critics and demonstrates how ‘critical history’ is a powerful and timely mode of critique.” (Kimberly Hutchings, Queen Mary University of London, UK)

"Dalgliesh's impressive survey of Foucault's oeuvre presents him as exemplar of an alternative mode of enlightenment critical thought. He provides a lucid account and a compelling defense of Foucault's critical historical approach to the present. He shows the novelty and complementarity of Foucault's Kantianism and his Nietzscheanism in a manner that invites reconsideration of all three great modern thinkers."  (Paul Patton, University of New South Wales Australia)