By Perry Zurn
Shaped within the wake of may perhaps 1968, the Prisons details staff (GIP) used to be a thorough resistance circulation lively in France within the early 1970's. Theorist Michel Foucault used to be seriously concerned. This booklet collects interdisciplinary essays that discover the GIP's assets either for Foucault stories and for legal activism at the present time.
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In fact, Foucault suggests 28 ● Ladelle McWhorter two related reasons. One is that such theory was useful for a long time as a means of opposing sovereign power to make way for disciplinary mechanisms. 30 Institutionalized political philosophy helped make this happen; it has been active in squelching thought and undermining the possibility of effective resistance. Condemnatory as this critique is, however, its limited scope suggests that Foucault might already have begun to rework his conception of philosophy more generally, setting him on the path that he would take through the next eight years.
50 But was this thematic really a rejection of knowledge, or was it something different? “It appears to me that beneath this whole thematic, through it and even within it, we have seen what might be called the insurrection of subjugated knowledges”51—that is, not a rejection of knowing, learning, conceptualizing, and synthesizing, as it might first appear, but a rejection of a certain “already-known” and perhaps a certain way of knowing and the exclusive investment of knowing in certain individuals, practices, and institutions.
However, the university as an institution and academic philosophy as a discipline are not the only agents of conservatism; Foucault holds philosophy as a profession and a collection of individual intellectuals to account as well. 9 They cannot translate their theories into practice,10 presumably in part because the kinds of theories they produce are not grounded in reality in the first place, in addition to the fact that change, which is never purely or fundamentally cognitive, cannot originate at the level of the purely theoretical.