Foucault and the Indefinite Work of Freedom (Philosophica) by Réal Fillion PDF

By Réal Fillion

This paintings underscores the necessity to research heritage philosophically, not just to higher take pleasure in the way it unfolds and pertains to our personal unfolding lives, yet to higher relish our loose engagement during this altering global. Linking a notion of ourselves as unfastened beings to the historic method was once of vital value to the classical speculative philosophies of historical past of the 19th century, so much significantly Hegel’s. Michel Foucault’s paintings is usually taken to be the antithesis of this sort of speculative approach.

This booklet argues that Foucault, to the contrary, like Hegel, sees freedom as tied to the self-movement of notion because it realizes and shapes the area. not like Hegel, even if, he doesn't see in that self-movement the method of Spirit reconciling itself with the area and thereby figuring out itself as freedom. quite, he sees within the freedom on the center of the self-movement of suggestion a potential risk round which that stream consolidates itself and provides form to the world.

Foucault’s paintings is accordingly no longer an easy rejection of Hegel’s speculative philosophy of background, yet particularly an inversion of the way within which heritage and freedom are similar: for Hegel background realizes or actualizes the “idea” of freedom, while for Foucault freedom realizes or actualizes the “materiality” of history.

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