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So much ad hominem against French continental philosophers and no true critiques -- can someone lead me to the right direction?

I agree with Ben that calling work "obscurantism" is not ad hominem. Academic obscurantism seems to me at least a problem and possibly an important phenomenon which needs understanding. ...
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Would Foucault advocate democracy?

Foucault's own thoughts for or against things that he writes about, are often difficult to unravel. His first goal in writing is to allow us as readers to see something clearly which at first is not ...
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Why should we listen to Michel Foucault if he based his arguments on biased historical claims?

First, let me make some general remarks not limited to Michel Foucault specifically. There is a balancing act in philosophy. On the one hand, it is not mathematics or hard science with clear standards ...
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What is the post-modernist response to Francis Fukuyama's theory that technological developments give history a specific direction?

I assume you refer to his early work The Order of Things, where the arbitrary changes between different episteme are revealed via "The Archaeology of Knowledge". Based on that book, we can ...
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Why is post-modernism so often equated to Relativism, are there any responses in postmodern philosophy that challenges this?

Postmodernism is a term used by critics, to group together a range of disparate thinkers, many of whom rejected the label, like Foucault. A good student of postmodern thought, should be very wary of ...
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What is the "historicised a priori"?

What is it? In a sense, it is straightforward: the a priori, the epitome of something absolute and unchanging, is historicised and thereby becoming a historical a priori, having a particular place in ...
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What does Foucault mean by non-discursive practices? Aren't his examples of non-discursive practices actually discursive?

Foucault is drawing on a tradition most clearly articulated (in my estimation) by American philosopher Susanne Langer's theory of symbolic meaning (Philosophy in a New Key-1942) and philosophy of art (...
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What do poststructuralists mean by "power legitimates itself"?

I'll keep this simple. The people who hold the reigns of power get to define "truth" for everyone else as they wish. Example: The nazis defined Jews, gypsies, clergymen, communists, etc. as ...
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Is there anything on early to mid Foucault and structuralism?

A good place to start is the two volume Histoire du Structuralisme (1991/2) by F. Dosse: it provides a context and a few chapters on Foucault in both books. In the late 70's quite a few people claimed ...
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What does Michel Foucault mean by the Classical Period?

Basically, the term "Classical age" means for Foucault Early Modern: the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the age of Descartes and Enlightenment. See The Order of Things, Preface, page xxiv: ...
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Discipline and Punish: what does Foucault mean by genetic accumulation?

I did a little research and it wasn't easy, but I think I finally understand what Foucault meant by "genetic". He explained how human beings are being conditioned to perform essentially like machines, ...
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What does Michel Foucault mean by the "micro-physics" of power?

For Foucault power does not always work in terms of law and police. There are other mechanisms, invisible at times, that serve to dominate and subjugate the individual (micro level) institutionally. ...
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What does Foucault mean by the "non-being of madness"?

Nothingness is a key word for Existentialism, a central philosophical movement in the post WW II in France; see at least Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. In Foucault's reading of the Enlightenment ...
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What is this System of Right that consistently shows up in Foucault's work?

I don't think that the following extract from Whiteheads Science & The Modern World constitutes an answer, but it might help; he quotes Lecky, History of European Morals The Roman legislation ...
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Foucault and Derrida on spiritual liberation

For Foucault, truth is historical and perspective. See C.G. Prado, Searle and Foucault on Truth, Cambridge University Press (2005), page 81 : Foucault seeks to unmask the historicity of truth, to ...
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What does Foucault mean by "regime of truth" and "discursive formation"?

This short essay on Foucault News attempts a description of regimes of truth; a more extended elaboration of this is in this paper, What is a regime of truth? by Daniele Lorenzini. He explains: The ...
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So much ad hominem against French continental philosophers and no true critiques -- can someone lead me to the right direction?

You could try : Calvin O. Schrag, The Resources of Rationality: A Response to the Postmodern Challenge, ISBN 10: 0253350549 / ISBN 13: 9780253350541 Published by Indiana University Press, United ...
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What are the relationships between Foucault's medical gaze, scientific investigation, and Buddhist detachment?

Lois Shawver associates Foucault with postmodernism through Lyotard: Lyotard (1993) defines postmodernism as an incredulity towards metanarratives. A metanarrative is a theory or story that ...
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What do poststructuralists mean by "power legitimates itself"?

The mechanisms for validation, legislation and governance of truth-claims are various: linguistic, technological, psychological and political. Indeed the most general question of what might count for ...
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What is the post-modernist response to Francis Fukuyama's theory that technological developments give history a specific direction?

"Isn't this in contradiction to postmodernism which preaches that no singular narrative can explain the progression of history and everything is random ?" You say that like 'no singular ...
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What do poststructuralists mean by "power legitimates itself"?

You have a quote that you haven't sourced either to a text or to an individual. And two questions whose bearing on each other is difficult to discern. This makes your question to answer because its ...
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How can one argue against absolute Relativism while being a Postmodernist?

Allow me to preface by noting that I dislike the term 'postmodernism', because it seems to be purely negational. I mean, I can't think of any philosophers off hand who call themselves 'postmodernist'; ...
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How would Focault's Archaelogy of Sciences view Physics which just attempts to describe physical reality and not turn humans into subjects?

It depends. If you are talking about fundamental physics, the object of that program is to boil out any cultural, societal, religious or political content from the sought-after description of the ...
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What does Foucault mean by "boomerang"?

Editing out the explanatory details from your Arendt quote: colonization [...] transported European models to other continents, it also had a considerable boomerang effect [...] whole series of ...
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What does Michel Foucault mean by the Classical Period?

Foucault refers to the classical age or period in The Order of Things (trans. A. M. Sheridan Smith (New York: Pantheon, 1970) and The Archaeology of Knowledge (trans. A. M. Sheridan Smith (New York: ...
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Is Foucault's analysis of history opposed to absurdism?

For Foucault, like Nietzsche, there is a kind of evolutionary dynamic to knowledge. The idea of money say, is not objectively real, but a society with it will have additional capacities, which help in ...
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Discipline and Punish: what does Foucault mean by genetic accumulation?

It is the examination [for example, the school test] which assures the great disciplinary functions of: distribution and classification which fabricate cellular individuality maximum extraction of ...
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Define delegated Power (Foucault)

This extract from Tom Keenan might help : Individuals, as citizens, have rights and obligations [droits et devoirs] against or in the face of abusive rulers-governments that have attempted ...
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Foucault and Derrida on spiritual liberation

▻ FOUCAULT I think you have not quite got the right hold on the conception of truth that Foucault has in mind here. The key is in Foucault's talking of truth's being 'produced'. We'd normally say ...
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