The Agony of Politics: the Nietzschean Roots of Foucault's Thought

  title={The Agony of Politics: the Nietzschean Roots of Foucault's Thought},
  author={Leslie Paul Thiele},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={907 - 925}
  • L. Thiele
  • Published 1 September 1990
  • Psychology, Art
  • American Political Science Review
The politics of Michel Foucault remain controversial, mainly because they remain ambiguous. His critics charge that the ambiguity is symptomatic of a theory that fosters moral abandon and political impotence. This predicament is frequently attributed to Nietzsche's influence. I outline the critics' charges and investigate to what extent Foucault's thought evidences Nietzschean roots. Specifically, I examine Nietzsche's glorification of struggle and seek to demonstrate that a valorization of… 

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