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[Xmca-l] Re: Foucault

as you write, Martin, yes, they had similar descriptions of their work

"Foucault came to describe his work overall as a "historical ontology of ourselves." Certainly both Sartre and Merleau-Ponty were philosophers on ontology, and of history."

the difference is, i believe, that Foucault identified with those peoples who have been marginalized: prisoners, those deemed mentally ill, and homosexuals.  he said that his writings were autobiography.  and i've come to understand my own work as a way of autobiography.  i've begun to think of theory as a way of autobiography.  

i believe that i recognize a great deal of autobiography performed here on xmca - just as one sees autobiography performed at a cocktail party. (that's a great metaphor!)