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Subject: RE: Foucault/Frankfurt School quote
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 08:50:37 +1300 

To my knowledge the interview appears twice in English under two different
titles. The interview was conducted by Gérard Raulet and published as

1) Structuralism and Post-Structuralism: An Interview with Michel Foucault
in Telos 55 (Spring 1983)

2) Foucault, M. (1988). Critical Theory/Intellectual History (J. Harding,
Trans.). In L. Kritzman (Ed.), Politics, Philosophy, Culture: Interviews and
other Writings 1977-1984 (pp. 17-46). New York: Routledge.

Now, obviously, if I had been familiar with the Frankfurt School, if I had
been aware of it at the time, I would not have said a number of stupid
things that I did say and I would have avoided many of the detours which I
made while trying to pursue my own humble path -- when, meanwhile, avenues
had been open up by the Frankfurt School. [English translation by Jeremy
Harding page 26]



==========================Bevan Catley
Department of Management
University of Otago
Ph (03) 479 5094

Hi Rana,

I don't know about the 'Foucault Reader', but Rolf Wiggershaus, in the
introduction to his tome on the Frankfurt School, gives a Foucault quote
that seems to be exactly the one you remembered:

"If I had known the Frankfurt School in time, I would have spared a lot
of work. Some nonsense I wouldn't have said and many detours I wouldn't
have made, when I tried to not be deterred, while the Frankfurt School
had opened up the paths." [My translation of the German given by

The words are taken from a conversation between Foucault and a certain
Mr./Mrs. Raulet. In German, it seems to have been published in 1983,
under a title which translates as 'At which price does reason tell the
truth?'. This might not be the English title, though. But I'm sure that
around here there are some people fond enough of Foucault bibliography
to let us know.

Munich, Germany


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