Thursday, January 5, 2012

Foucault's Perfection

 
     Foucault's use of Bentham's Panopticon to illustrate his understanding of  "perfection of power" fails primarily because I suspect Foucault preferred to think of  "power" as "agreement," but just couldn't bring himself to say something that ordinary.  

      Better perhaps to admit that power is the ability to enforce agreement, and then define perfection  as an understanding of the alternatives to agreement, and then dismiss "perfection" as a product of  fantasy or advertising. What's up for grabs is the "agreed upon."



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