From: Erik <jehms@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 16:38:54 +0200
Ali Rizvi wrote:
> just a quick note.
> I would say it is more complex than this. What Foucualt would probably
> say is that choice is indeed possible, but this possibility is a
> situated possibilityand emerge within a system and structured by it
> to certain extent [one system can be more conducive to this than the
> other though]. Foucault stresses on the primacy of system, and he
> thought both iindividuationand soiciation occurs within system, it
> does not in any way, however, proves that he denies choice. The
> question is not the denial or non denial, but of reconceptualisation.
I agree and would like to add that the possibility of relative freedom
and free individual choice between alternatives increases when one
becomes aware of the system and begins to understand it. This can be
done by study as F. did himself.
> About Sartre, we should keep in mind the all pervasive influence of
> Sartre as well. Foucault has more complex relation with Sartre, Hegel
> and Kant than normally thought.
For instance the link between the Sartrean objectifying gaze and
Foucault's power of judgement and investigation of antecedents.