Photo: Freebase/Fair use

quotations The Best Michel Foucault Quotes  

Reference
65 votes 23 voters 10.5k views 15 items Embed

List Rules Must be a famous or well-known quote. If a quote is cut off you can hover over the text to see the full quote.

A list of the best Michel Foucault quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Michel Foucault quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Michel Foucault quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Michel Foucault should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Michel Foucault quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Michel Foucault quotes?" and "What is the most famous Michel Foucault quote?"

You can see what subjects these historic Michel Foucault quotes fall under displayed to the right of the quote. Be sure to vote so your favorite Michel Foucault saying won't fall to the bottom of the list.

1
5 1
The judges of normality are present everywhere. We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge, the social worker -judge. Michel Foucault

Chris Christie Quotes The Best Rock Vocalists

2
5 3
We need to cut off the KingĀ“s Head: in political theory that has still to be done. Michel Foucault

3
5 3
The strategic adversary is fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us. Michel Foucault

4
4 3
In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating. Michel Foucault

5
3 2
As the archeology of our thought easily shows, man is an invention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end. Michel Foucault

6
2 1
Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline. Michel Foucault

7
2 2
Power is not an institution, and not a structure; neither is it a certain strength we are endowed with; it is the name that one attributes to a complex strategical situation in a particular society. Michel Foucault

8
2 2
Madness is the absolute break with the work of art; it forms the constitutive moment of abolition, which dissolves in time the truth of the work of art. Michel Foucault

9
2 2
The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play). Michel Foucault

10
2 2
There are more ideas on earth than intellectuals imagine. And these ideas are more active, stronger, more resistant, more passionate than politicians think. We have to be there at the birth of ideas, the bursting outward of their force: not in books expressing them, but in events manifesting this force, in struggles carried on around ideas, for or against them. Ideas do not rule the world. But it is because the world has ideas... that it is not passively ruled by those who are its leaders or those who would like to teach it, once and for all, what it must think. Michel Foucault

11
1 2
Chance does not speak essentially through words nor can it be seen in their convolution. It is the eruption of language, its sudden appearance. It's not a night twinkle with stars, an illuminated sleep, nor a drowsy vigil. It is the very edge of consciousness. Michel Foucault

12
1 2
Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism. Michel Foucault

13
0 1
If repression has indeed been the fundamental link between power, knowledge, and sexuality since the classical age, it stands to reason that we will not be able to free ourselves from it except at a considerable cost. Michel Foucault

14
0 1
The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the outlaw, the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order. Michel Foucault

15
1 3
Psychoanalysis can unravel some of the forms of madness; it remains a stranger to the sovereign enterprise of unreason. It can neither limit nor transcribe, nor most certainly explain, what is essential in this enterprise. Michel Foucault