Re: Poststructuralism & Ethics

On Wed, 24 Jan 1996, Erik D Lindberg wrote:

> Here's a relevant quotation to the discussion:
> "The role of an intellectual is not to tell others what they must do. By
> what right would he do so? And remember all the prophecies, promises,
> injunctions and plans intellectuals have been able to formulate in the
> course of the last two centuries and of which we have seen the effects.
> The work of an intellectual is not to mold the political will of others;
> it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine
> evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and
> thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules
> and institutions and starting from this re-problematization (where he
> occupies his specific profession as an intellectual) to participate in
> the formation of a political will (where he has his role as a citizen to
> play)" (FOUCAULT LIVE 305-6).
> Erik D. Lindberg
> Dept. of English and Comparative Lit.
> University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
> Milwaukee, WI 53211
> email: edl@xxxxxxxxxxx
Congratulations Erik on your above quotation. I exactly agree with each
sentence of Foucault above.



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