Foucault and the Indefinite Work of Freedom (Philosophica) by Réal Fillion

By Réal Fillion

This paintings underscores the necessity to learn heritage philosophically, not just to raised relish the way it unfolds and pertains to our personal unfolding lives, yet to higher relish our unfastened engagement during this altering international. Linking a perception of ourselves as loose beings to the historic method used to be of principal significance to the classical speculative philosophies of historical past of the 19th century, so much particularly Hegel’s. Michel Foucault’s paintings is frequently taken to be the antithesis of this sort of speculative approach.

This publication argues that Foucault, to the contrary, like Hegel, sees freedom as tied to the self-movement of proposal because it realizes and shapes the realm. in contrast to Hegel, although, he doesn't see in that self-movement the method of Spirit reconciling itself with the realm and thereby knowing itself as freedom. relatively, he sees within the freedom on the middle of the self-movement of notion a potential danger round which that circulation consolidates itself and provides form to the world.

Foucault’s paintings is as a result no longer an easy rejection of Hegel’s speculative philosophy of heritage, yet fairly an inversion of the style within which heritage and freedom are comparable: for Hegel heritage realizes or actualizes the “idea” of freedom, while for Foucault freedom realizes or actualizes the “materiality” of history.

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