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Foucault, reader and critic of Marx

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This chapter distinguishes between two levels: Foucault's actual confrontation with Marx and Foucault's potential confrontation with Marx. The author believes that by posing to Marx questions that derive from Foucault, and to Foucault issues that emerge from Marx, one can discover new aspects of the works in question and thereby discover new routes for contemporary reflection. In order to situate Foucault's theoretical debut, one must first of all return to Nietzsche and Heidegger and then consider the role played by the thought of Althusser. During the 1970s, Foucault's theoretical and political work was drastically altered by the issue of social change and the revolution in forms of existence. When Foucault works around the concepts of 'domination', 'direction', and 'government', his theoretical aim is to criticise the idea of a repressive society.

Keywords: Foucault; Heidegger; Marx; Nietzsche; political power



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