Foucault: Systems of Thought (video)

Foucault – Systems of Thought – Systems of Management and Governance.
Danish philosopher Anders Fogh Jensen guides us through some of the primary issues in the philosophy of Michel Foucault (1926-84). Anders demonstrates that, to Foucault, the history of the systems of thought and the systems of governance – the history of how we think and how we think about governance – are one and the same. He also shows how Foucault is an extension of both Kant and Nietzsche in a history of how the categories of the sciences and thought change throughout time, and how knowledge, built on the categories of a certain time, is also always entangled in power. This explanation is about how punitive discipline functions, and finally also a suggestion of how the post-disciplinary society can be understood as a Project Society.

Philosopher Anders Fogh Jensen, Arken, Musem of Art Copenhagen, September 22, 2013.

This lecture is based on Anders Fogh Jensen’s book “Mellem ting – Foucaults filosofi” (“Foucault’s Philosophy”). You can read the first chapters here.