Foucault And His Philosophies

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In this essay I will focus on Foucault and his philosophies. Being that I was not quite clear with the final paper question regarding Foucault and what he proposes for treating one’s identity. I decided it would probably serve me better if I did a little research on Mr. Foucault himself, I figured if I find out what type of person he was in his personal and private life, I would be better able to comprehend the final question. To begin with, Paul-Michel Foucault was born in 1926, in western France. He was named after his father (Paul-Andre’) who was a prominent surgeon. His father wanted him to go to medical school to become a surgeon like him, however, Paul-Michel was more interested in philosophical ideas. Growing up Paul-Michel suffered …show more content…
Over the years he would go on to teach at several prestigious institutions throughout Europe. His primary focus was on philosophy and psychology. He was highly influenced by many philosophical greats such as, Jean Hyppolite, Sigmund Freud, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Marquis de Sade, and Martin Heidegger just to name a few. His teachings were well known and his lectures were popular amongst students. He went to become an established author, historian of ideas, social theorist, philologist and literary critic. Many referred to him as a strange, yet brilliant philosophical …show more content…
Once I knew more about Foucault (the person), I was better able to analyze the question. In the first place, Foucault stated that seeing the function of what the author does by reading his published work, making the author serve their purpose, eventually their book will always be regarded as their master piece, and their book will carry on their legacy. Additionally Foucault believes that the author establishes a written atmosphere, the reader can get into the atmosphere and relate to it. He felt that authorship identity was shapeable, an Oeuvre to your own masterpiece, especially when attempting to get in touch with your inner being. By the person being able to shape and mold their own identity gives them authorship. A major factor that is affecting a person’s private and public identity is the popularity of social networking sites. Internet users voluntarily participate in the public sphere, by using social media sites as a platform to inform people and/or be informed by others. Users of the internet are usually home in their private sphere, while on the internet interacting in the extremely public sphere. The usage of electronic devices, such as smart phones, has provided people from all over the world with the ability to access numerous amounts of resources, information, and

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