I'm reading Brent Pickett's "Foucault and the Politics of Resistance" and on page 452 he writes the following:
At the heart of humanism, according to Foucault, is the theory of the subject. Foucault means two things by "the subject." The first is the subject of a hierarchical political order. This is the humanist notion the "sovereign" individual who is subjected to the laws of society, nature, truth, and God. The subject, even though he exercises no power, is the sovereign. The humanistic theory of the individual rests, Foucault contends, upon a subjected will to power. That is, the very desire for power is to be eradicated from the individual in the name of truth, nature, and society.
What does he mean by "The subject, even though he exercises no power, is the sovereign"? It seems like a contradiction in terms.