Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Foucault and Educational Theory

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_146



When one is speaking about Michel Foucault, it seems that he would be a strange rebellious intellectual with obstreperous dazzling ideas. The question “who is Foucault?” has various responses and some of these can be contradictory. This diversity has masked Foucault’s ideas rather than elucidating them. Moreover, Foucault’s various works, different contexts of his analyses and discussions, and his intellectual turns during his thinking life have redoubled this ambiguity. While in some papers like “who is author?,” one encounters with a radical structuralist; in later works the footprints of poststructuralism can be traced. Regarding these contradictory descriptions, Foucault attempted to deny some of them on the one hand and acknowledge others or some aspects of them on the other hand (Marshall 1990). In addition, he argued that none of these labels can be fitted to his thought, despite the fact that...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TehranTehranIslamic Republic of Iran