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Esistensens nøgne hjerte og tragiske splittelse - Michel Foucaults idéhistoriske vending som kritisk radikalisering af den eksistentielle tradition

By Anders Dræby Sørensen


According to the standard interpretation of Foucault’s intellectual biography, Foucault’s real theoretical development begins in the 1960’s after he has made a break with his youthful infatuation with Ludwig Binswanger’s approach to existential analysis. This article will attempt to challenge the conventional interpretation of Foucault’s turn from the field of existential psychology to the field of history of ideas by not decoding it as based in a radical break with Ludwig Binswanger’s project. Rather, the thesis is that Foucault’s intellectual development can be described as an attempt to reconfigure the approach of existential analysis through a critical radicalization of Binswanger’s project as well as of the existential tradition as such. By examining the role that the study of existence plays in Foucault’s discussion of dreams and madness in the period from 1954 to 1962, it is therefore the ambition to situate Foucault’s intellectual turn in the existential tradition

Topics: Michel Foucault, Binswanger, existential analysis, psychology, existence
Publisher: Forlaget Slagmark
Year: 2018
DOI identifier: 10.7146/sl.v0i66.104229
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