A review of Foucault’s writings and public involvement prior to 1978 demonstrates his concern with the modes of subjectivity was present from the beginning. By studying the constitution of the subject across history, Foucault examined the modern concept of the self. His archaeologies, examined the role of scientific discourse, and how knowledge shapes the relations and practices of modern selves. Discursive practices are exercised in social apparatuses; hence the genealogical studies of conducting the physical body and productive nature of power. Reviewing his works, it becomes evident that philosophy was not solely a thought experiment, but was an active involvement with experience that led to transformation of its subject, Foucault himself.
KeywordsPublic Involvement Discursive Practice Archaeological Approach Psychiatric Knowledge Genealogical Study
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