Michel Foucault, 1926 - 1984

He struck me as completely amoral. I’d never met anyone who was so totally amoral.

— Noam Chomsky

Biography

Michel Foucault was born Paul-Michel Foucault in the provincial town of Poitiers, France, in 1926. Both his father and grandfather were physicians and taught at the medical school in Poitiers.
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Introduction

According to the Social Science Research Network, Foucault is the most cited author in the social sciences. He was an intellectual star in France and the United States during much of his life. As a political thinker educated by, but not exactly of the Left, Foucault presents challenges to socialists, Marxists, and Freudians, among others.
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Featured Video

In this interview, Michel Foucault discusses his own education and the development of his ideas. (w/English subtitles).