Power, subjectivity, and agency: Between Arendt and Foucault

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Abstract

The author argues for bringing the work of Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt into dialogue with respect to the links between power, subjectivity, and agency.Although one might assume that Foucault and Arendt come from such radically different philosophical starting points that such a dialogue would be impossible, the author argues that there is actually a good deal of common ground to be found between these two thinkers. Moreover, the author suggests that Foucault's and Arendt's divergent views about the role that power plays in the constitution of subjectivity and agency should be seen as complementary rather than opposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-149
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Philosophical Studies
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

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  • Philosophy

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