Michel Foucault was an eminent French philosopher, historian, literary critic, and social theorist. His writings, thoughts and theories primarily highlight the relationship between knowledge and power. They also throw light on how societal institutions use power and knowledge as a form of social control. He was often labelled as postmodernist and post-structuralist, but he condemned these labels. His works, writings, and thoughts have strongly influenced academics, including those working in literary theory, sociology, critical theory and cultural studies. His theories have also been termed as compelling by activist groups. We have created a corpus of thought-provoking, motivating and inspiring quotes by Michel Foucault. Let us browse through the quotes and thoughts by Michel Foucault on trap, oppression, nature, chance, life, power, technology, love, society, freedom, justice, expression and more.
Maybe the target nowadays is not to discover what we are but to refuse what we are.
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.
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.
Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work it does on itself and on its institutions.
You may have killed God beneath the weight of all that you have said; but don't imagine that, with all that you are saying, you will make a man that will live longer than he.
The soul is the effect and instrument of a political anatomy; the soul is the prison of the body
The individual is the product of power.
There is no glory in punishing
We demand that sex speak the truth [...] and we demand that it tell us our truth, or rather, the deeply buried truth of that truth about ourselves wich we think we possess in our immediate consciousness.
In any given culture and at any given moment, there is always only one 'episteme' that defines the conditions of possibility of all knowledge, whether expressed in theory or silently invested in a practice.