In an 1984 interview with the anthropologist Paul Rabinow, Foucault discussed his distaste for the polemical form of argument.
Rabinow is now involved in a philosophy blog that often covers Foucault’s work.
ck at arbitrarymarks has some further reflections. Here’s a taste.
One thing Foucault makes clear in this interview is that he’s not a deconstructionist. Instead, he’s doing critical analysis of human thought, of the way we generate concepts and representations. At stake for Foucault is “the morality that concerns the search for the truth and the relation to the other.”
It’s always interesting to me the range of people who take up Foucault’s work (or who reject it–a much narrower category!). ck appears to be involved in the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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