Remarks on Marx by michel Foucault

By michel Foucault

A chain of interviews with Foucault, translated from Italian and from French. The venture all started as an elucidation of Foucault's background of Sexuality, with wish of concerning it to Italian feminism, yet ended with a considerably larger scope. Pages 7" x 4.5".

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It was a matter of calling this theme of the subject into question once again, that great, fundamental postulate which French philosophy, from Descartes until our own time, had never abandoned. Setting out with psychoanalysis, Lacan discovered, or brought out into the open, the fact that the theory of the unconscious is incompatible with a theory of the subject (in the Cartesian sense of the term as well as the phenomenological one). Sartre, too, and with him Politzer, had rejected psy- 56 THE 'HISTORY OF TRUTH' choanalysis by criticizing the theme of the unconscious, judging it incompatible with the philosophy of the subject.

This entire tangled knot of problems and this field of investigation forced one to ask questions about science and its history. To what extent, wondered the phenomenologist, can one grasp and reveal a rational, absolute foundation in the "historicity" of sciences? , by reconstructing the history of society according to Marxist schematics? This condensed set of problems that I have summarily described - in which the history of science, phenomenology, and Marxism were to be identified - was absolutely central then: a great many of the problems ofthe time were refracted there as in a lens.

Duccio Trombadori: In what way did the problematic which revolved around the history of science take part in your intellectual formation? Michel Foucault: Paradoxically, somewhat in the same sense that Nietzsche, Blanchot, and Bataille did. The question was: to what extent can the history of science question its own rationality, limit it, or introduce external elements? What are the contingent effects which are introduced into science from the moment it has a history and develops in a historically determined society?

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