Conclusion: the Politics of Genealogy
To parody Nietzsche, could it be useful for one’s political activity to interpret Foucault falsely? From the first, this book has to an extent tried to evade the stance and attendant obligations of a commentary on Foucault and his fellow genealogists. It has sought instead to redirect the genealogical project in an anti-libertarian direction. No doubt this has entailed reading certain genealogical arguments against the grain. The object of both our rewritings of existing genealogies and outlines of new ones has been not only to expunge the libertarian-oppositional strand in genealogy, by writing out its overarching conception of power; but also, and perhaps more problematically, to reappropriate it as a handmaiden of a reformed — but avowedly reformist — socialist politics. The question animating the book, albeit indirectly, is whether the gadfly genealogy can be pressed into this unlikely role.
KeywordsSocialist Politics Political Rationality Overarch Conception Political Virtue Political Sector
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