Hülür, Himmet
March 2008
Ekev Academic Review;Spring2008, Vol. 12 Issue 35, p149
Academic Journal
This article is interested in the disciplinary constitution of truth and subject in Michel Foucault's thought. Foucault sees the emergence of disciplinary society as the uniqeness of the experience of modernity. This is also the context in which Foucault fundamentally rejects enlightenmental and humanist conceptions of knowledge, truth and subject. Defending the inseparability of knowledge and truth, Foucault focuses on the production of truth and subject within the disciplinary mechanisms of power. Through archeological and genealogical studies, he tries to decipher the arbitrariness of the disciplinary knowledge and modern culture and the slippy ground they are based on. The main character of this power, which have been prevailing since the development of human and social sciences in the nineteenth century, is not based on oppression but on productive surveillance, subjectification and multiplication. This situation includes the traps and dispositives, insidiousness and illusions in the liberal and democratic operation of power.


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