Foucault 's Philosophy On Foucault And His Philosophies Essay

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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 from mental illness and even attempting suicide. He struggled tremendously trying to understand his sexuality, he dropped the Paul from his name and finally came to terms with the fact that he was gay while he was in college. He moved to Paris, France, after the end of World War I in 1945, to continue his college education. 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…

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