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Abstract

Perhaps the most succinct statement of the spirit in which the works of Michel Foucault must be read was made by Foucault himself in an interview in 1984, the year of his death

The role of an intellectual is not to tell others what they have to do. By what right would he do so?… The work of an intellectual is not to shape others’ political will; it is, through the analyses that he carries out in his own field, to question over and over again what is postulated as self-evident, to disturb people’s mental habits, the way they do and think things, to dissipate what is familiar and accepted, to re-examine rules and institutions…

Keywords

Human Science Ultimate Truth Mental Habit Childhood Masturbation Descriptive Regularity 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1995

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  • Simon Christmas

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