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Re: [xmca] Mediation and Intersubjective Interpretations of Hegel
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Indeed. It was certainly not the case for Foucault that "power is the master signifier which constitutes all other categories and experiences, including the human subject itself, and freedom recedes beyond the horizon of possibility."
Take a look here, for example:
Prozorov, S. (2007). Foucault, freedom and sovereignty. Ashgate Publishing Company.
On Oct 21, 2012, at 10:52 PM, White, Phillip wrote:
> i think foucault's take on power is more complex than what's described here, Andy.
> for foucault, power is:
> everywhere, power runs in and through all relationships and interactions.
> people do not 'have' power basically; rather, power is a technique or action which individuals can engage in. (mechanism for life)
> power is not possessed; it is exercised.
> and where there is power, there is always also resistance.
> the exercise of power, as well as resistance, is always part and parcel of the discourse of all participants of this list serve and the ways with words (s. b. heath). surely you've recognized this.
> Phillip White, PhD
> Urban Community Teacher Education Program
> School of Education & Human Development
> University of Colorado Denver
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> Thank you Larry.
> For Hegel, Freedom is in the very nature of a human being. A person may
> at a given moment be denied freedom, but such a person remains, in their
> essential nature, free, even whilst lanaguishing in the deepest and
> darkest dungeon. On the other hand, theorists of our time, as you say,
> following Foucault, take the opposite stance: that power is the master
> signifier which constitutes all other categories and experiences,
> including the human subject itself, and freedom recedes beyond the
> horizon of possibility. I prefer Hegel.
> The material world is, if you want to see it that way, a constraint upon
> our freedom, but freedom is after all expressed in the world our
> predecessors have fashioned for us and which we constantly refashion.
> That's why what Hegel calls spirit does not spring anew from each
> individual ego who wants to bounce intersubjectively of someone else,
> but is constituted and reconstituted by human activity.
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