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Michel Foucault jako farmakon
Foucault as the Pharmakon

Author(s): Marcin Maria Bogusławski
Subject(s): History and theory of sociology, Methodology and research technology
Published by: Uniwersytet Łódzki - Wydział Ekonomiczno-Socjologiczny
Keywords: Norms; Heteronormativity; Performativity; Normalization; Queer; Subjective Identification

Summary/Abstract: In my article, I will try to find an answer to a question: Is Michel Foucault’s oeuvre still up to date or has it become one of the respected but foregone relics of humanities? I would inscribe Foucault’s thought into the “logic of pharmakon,” that is, a means being, at the same time, both a poison and a cure. I will show, polemically to Ewa Domańska, that Foucault’s thought remains valid nowadays. It allows us to question the subjectivity, status of norms, and normalization in such manner that we can perceive, on the one hand, mechanisms of power and knowledge and, on the other hand, we can give an account of subjects’ autonomy and self-determination, including their impact on norms at work in society.

  • Issue Year: XII/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 76-91
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish