Paul-Michel Foucault

Paul-Michel Foucault
Birth 1926
Death 1984

French intellectual, who worked on the idea of an ‘archaeology’ of thought in different eras and the role language plays in the advancement of new ideas and the exercise of power. He gained global renown for his analysis of basic social institutions: power (which comes for a variety of different sources and permeates all of society); justice (which has moved from medieval torture and public executions to imprisonment in jail); psychiatry (which has its roots in the isolation of lepers, leading to the isolation of ‘insane’ or ‘immoral’ elements, parasites and ‘perverts’); and personal relationships (how sex has been transformed over time).

A newsletter that is not afraid to answer the most important questions of our time
Discover the exclusive new texts and insights from Vitaly Malkin *

* By filling in your email address, you agree to receive our latest news on Vitaly Malkin by email and you are aware of our privacy policy.