File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_2000/foucault.0011, message 14


Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2000 17:04:16 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Foucault/Frankfurt School quote


Thanks!!!

I knew I remembered coming across that exact quote
during my comps preparation at some point....I was
starting to think I was losing it there...it's good to
know that I haven't killed all of my brain cells off!

Ciao!
Rana
--- Stuart Elden <stuart.elden-AT-clara.co.uk> wrote:
> > In a message dated 11/3/00 8:02:16 PM Eastern
> Standard Time,
> > divababygirl-AT-yahoo.com writes:
> >
> > > I seem to remember reading somewhere, I believe
> "The
> > >  Foucault Reader", that Foucault, late is his
> life and
> > >  career, made the statement that he wished that
> he had
> > >  actually been aware of the Frankfurt School and
> it's
> > >  adjuncts during his development.  I think that
> unless
> > >  it was in one of his latest works, he could not
> have
> > >  cited Benjamin as he had not been exposed to
> that
> > >  thread of Critical Theory.
> > >
> >
> > Foucault stated that he was immersed in the
> Frankfurt School and
> > said about
> > that, that he had to do something else or he would
> have worked in
> > Critical
> > Theory all of his life.  He later said that he
> actually believed
> > that he had
> > taken the Critical Theory to a higher level!
> >
> > Vunch
> 
> This is misleading, to say the least. Rana has not
> got it 'backward'. As Tom
> points out, the source of the reference is a 1983
> interview with G. Raulet,
> originally published as 'Structuralisme et
> poststructuralisme', in Telos,
> vol XVI, no 55, printemps 1983, pp 195-211
> (reprinted in Dits et ecrits, vol
> IV, 431-457). There is a translation in Foucault
> Live, "How Much Does It
> Cost For Reason To Tell The Truth"; and one in
> Essential Works Vol II,
> "Structuralism and Poststructuralism". Given that
> there are two translations
> available (both of which, here at least, are
> relatively close to the
> original), and that Tom's translation of a German
> translation retains the
> essential points, I will only add that the remark is
> made in the context of
> a discussion of Foucault's intellectual development.
> He remarks that the
> Frankfurt school was not mentioned by his teachers.
> The interviewer thinks
> this astonishing, and Foucault goes on to remark
> that it raises interesting
> issues about how related schools of thought can be
> so apart (he means his
> intellectual upbringing in French history of
> science, i.e. Canguilhem and
> Bachelard above all).
> 
> Stuart
> 


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