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  • pablozz
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    Originally posted by Talise12 View Post
    I agree with some of his basic idea, as truth is produced by power. What counts as knowledge differs across societies and across time Foucault argues that the idea of progress is illusory: knowledge does not make one free. Each society has its own truth discourse ( religion, science..etc.) which presupposes some social power relationships. What we think of as Western progress is really just another form of domination and controls. We replace one experience of reality with another. He is suggesting that power is not a tool that individuals or groups of people use, rather we are the tools of power. Int his analysis power becomes the subject or agent of history. For Foucault, there is not outside to power. We cannot escape it. We are always embedded in the web of power relations... Yes..
    that's great! and what part dont you agree with?

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  • Talise12
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    I agree with some of his basic idea, as truth is produced by power. What counts as knowledge differs across societies and across time Foucault argues that the idea of progress is illusory: knowledge does not make one free. Each society has its own truth discourse ( religion, science..etc.) which presupposes some social power relationships. What we think of as Western progress is really just another form of domination and controls. We replace one experience of reality with another. He is suggesting that power is not a tool that individuals or groups of people use, rather we are the tools of power. Int his analysis power becomes the subject or agent of history. For Foucault, there is not outside to power. We cannot escape it. We are always embedded in the web of power relations... Yes..

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  • aussieinbg
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    Postmodernist bullshit.

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