Three Versions of “Power” in Michel Foucault’s Work

By Kyrkos Doxiadis.

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In this paper I will concentrate on discussing one particular interpretative ambiguity in Foucault’s work. Amongst several such ambiguities, it seems to me quite important, at least for one reason: the vagueness surrounding the reception or interpretation of Foucault in this particular case reflects the uncertainties regarding both his political leanings and his strictly intellectual or philosophical stance. I have in mind something for which perhaps Foucault has become most famous - and this is possibly an additional reason for dealing with it: his conception of power.

Keywords: Foucault, Interpretative Ambiguity, Conception of Power

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 8, pp.115-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.192MB).

Kyrkos Doxiadis

Assoc. Prof. of Social Theory; Director of the Section of Social Theory and Sociology, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Kyrkos Doxiadis was born in Athens in 1955. University degrees: LSE: B.Sc. (Economics), 1978; Birkbeck College, University of London: M.Sc. (Sociology with Politics), 1979, Ph.D. (Department of Politics and Sociology), 1986. He is Associate Professor of Social Theory with special reference to Communication and Director of the Section of Social Theory and Sociology at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Athens. His research interests are mainly oriented towards the study of ideology and culture by way of the methodology of discourse analysis, as well as towards questions in poststructuralist social and political theory. Recently (October 2008) his book Discourse analysis: Social-philosophical grounding was published (in Greek) by Plethron.

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