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Subjectivity, freedom and history : Michel Foucault's contribution to critical thought

Falzon, Christopher Anthony


This thesis aims to defend Foucault, who pursues an 'anti-humanistic' critique of the subject, from the charge that he thereby falls into political pessimism, irrationalism and uncritical objectivism. Habermas in particular makes these criticisms. I argue that these criticisms depend on reading Foucault in terms of the very humanism that he rejects - more specifically, in terms of a 'humanistic subject-object framework', in which human beings are either free, autonomous subjects or...[Show more]

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Date published: 1989-08
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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