The Chomsky-Foucault Debate On Human Nature, New York: The New Press, , pp. Content of the transcript differs from the actual. As a glance at the transcript of the discussion between Chomsky and Foucault reveals, the debate was a fascinating insight into many features of their work, and . 3 quotes from The Chomsky – Foucault Debate: On Human Nature: ‘The real political task in a society such as ours is to criticize the workings of institut.

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It seems to me more likely that the transformations of biological knowledge at the end of the eighteenth century, were demonstrated on one hand by a whole series of new concepts for use in scientific discourse and on the other hand gave rise to a notion like that of life which has enabled us to designate, to delimit and to situate a certain type of scientific discourse, among other things.

Every fabrication of the U. Well, first I should say that I approach classical rationalism not really as a historian of science or a historian of philosophy, but from the rather different point of view of someone who has a certain range of scientific notions and is interested in seeing how at an earlier stage people may have been groping towards these notions, possibly without even realising what they were groping towards.

In fact, I should say that my use of the term creativity is a little bit idiosyncratic and therefore the onus falls on me in this case, not on you. As the Psalms say: Then the question of behavior would be different from the question of syntax: Here we have a marvelous illustration of the functioning of propaganda in a democracy.

I would say that the notion of life is not a scientific concept; it has been an epistemological indicator of which the classifying, delimiting and other functions had an effect on scientific discussions, and not on what they were talking about:. It is not a sacrifice for the city: But it seems to me that, in any case, the notion of justice itself functions within a society of classes as a claim made by the oppressed class and as justification for it.


The Chomsky – Foucault Debate Quotes

But if justice is at stake in a struggle, then it is as an instrument of power; it is not in the hope that finally one day, in this or another society, people will be rewarded according to their merits, or punished according to their faults.

Have you ever met rranscript French Marxist philosophers?

Marxism itself has become too often a sort of church, a theology. For my part, I would distinguish two intellectual tasks.

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Because if anything could be possible, then nothing would be possible. It is not out of pessimism that I believe in the effectiveness of transcipt techniques of legitimation of U. It also considers how they live, the diseases and accidents that can befall them.

There you have it.

Those are concepts that I think we can come to grips with. But we discover that all share certain tacit assumptions, and that it is these assumptions that are really crucial.

Who was the author of it? Who looks after men when they are sick?

Now I believe, and here I would differ from a lot of my colleagues, that the move of Descartes to the postulation of a second substance was a very scientific move; it was not a metaphysical or an anti-scientific move. The study of language shows, on the contrary, to what extent the sequential combinations of words, of phonemes, are limited, that these combinations form only a small subset of the set of imaginable combinations.


Solzhenitsyn resolutely defends his own rights and those of people like him—which is certainly admirable. Why do they do this? But the reason for that is precisely its own excuse. You would call it civil disobedience if one refused to fill in the forms? So, if one studies the history of knowledge, one sees that there are two broad directions of analysis: Only creativity is possible in putting into play of a system of rules; it is not a mixture of order and freedom.

Human Nature: Justice versus Power

I would like to get back to the question of centralisation. It would have been sufficient to find chomwky “intelligent” policy.

Nobody is more conservative than those people who tell you that the modern world is afflicted by nervous anxiety or schizophrenia. The notion of repression is a more insidious one, or, in any event, I myself have had much more trouble in freeing myself of it insofar as it does indeed appear to correspond so transrcipt with a whole range of phenomena that belong among the effects of power. Its field comprises justice, finance, and the army.

On one hand, conscience-guiding constituted a constant bind: Well, if one fails to recognise these points of support of class power, one risks allowing them to continue to exist; and to see this class power reconstitute itself even after an apparent revolutionary process.

The FBI provocateur also escaped prosecution, though several members of the secret terrorist organization were prosecuted.