Michel Foucault: Materialism and Education

Synopsis

Although Foucault departs from Marxism, his own approach constitutes a form of consistent materialism which has theoretical implications for the analysis of social and educational discursive systems. In seeking to demonstrate a correct reading of Foucault, linguistic readings of his work, such as those of Christopher Norris (1993), which represent him as part of the linguistic turn in French philosophy, where "language (or representation) henceforth defines the limits of thought," will be dispelled in the process of being corrected. Rather, Foucault will be represented, as Habermas (1987) has suggested, "not merely as a historicist" but at the same time as a "nominalist, materialist, and empiricist."

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  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999