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Rethinking the dialectics of the Master and the Servant ; the political consequences of the Foucaultian theory of bio-power

Flores, Fernando LU (2014) In After Capitalism: Cyborgism p.1-6
Abstract
Foucault criticized the dialectics of the master and the servant indirectly; he chose to confront instead the notion of truth and power associated to it. According to the master-servant dialectics, truth is undermined by the power of the master; it is a power that is accomplished through ideology, which is a deceitful substitute of truth. Truth instead, is on the side of the repressed and can be achieved only by fighting the ideology of the master. Even if Foucault never made an explicit connection, is very clear for us that the relation between power and truth that he named the “repressive hypotheses,” is that of the dialectics of the master and de servant. Foucault’s historical studies established a new interpretative paradigm of social... (More)
Foucault criticized the dialectics of the master and the servant indirectly; he chose to confront instead the notion of truth and power associated to it. According to the master-servant dialectics, truth is undermined by the power of the master; it is a power that is accomplished through ideology, which is a deceitful substitute of truth. Truth instead, is on the side of the repressed and can be achieved only by fighting the ideology of the master. Even if Foucault never made an explicit connection, is very clear for us that the relation between power and truth that he named the “repressive hypotheses,” is that of the dialectics of the master and de servant. Foucault’s historical studies established a new interpretative paradigm of social power which would had been developed during the 18th century: it was that he entitled the “bio-power,” which emerged following two paths; 1) the manipulation of inheritance that made the quality of the human species a scientific matter, and 2) the manipulation of the human body in general, through punishment and reward. Foucault presented this new paradigm in Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. In this new paradigm of power, the master and the servant moved to a secondary roll. (Less)
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Master-servant dialectics, biopower, Foucault, Donna Haraway, Hegel, cyborg, post humanism, class struggle
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After Capitalism: Cyborgism
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Lund University
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  abstract     = {Foucault criticized the dialectics of the master and the servant indirectly; he chose to confront instead the notion of truth and power associated to it. According to the master-servant dialectics, truth is undermined by the power of the master; it is a power that is accomplished through ideology, which is a deceitful substitute of truth. Truth instead, is on the side of the repressed and can be achieved only by fighting the ideology of the master. Even if Foucault never made an explicit connection, is very clear for us that the relation between power and truth that he named the “repressive hypotheses,” is that of the dialectics of the master and de servant. Foucault’s historical studies established a new interpretative paradigm of social power which would had been developed during the 18th century: it was that he entitled the “bio-power,” which emerged following two paths; 1) the manipulation of inheritance that made the quality of the human species a scientific matter, and 2) the manipulation of the human body in general, through punishment and reward. Foucault presented this new paradigm in Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. In this new paradigm of power, the master and the servant moved to a secondary roll.},
  author       = {Flores, Fernando},
  keyword      = {Master-servant dialectics,biopower,Foucault,Donna Haraway,Hegel,cyborg,post humanism,class struggle},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1--6},
  publisher    = {Lund University},
  series       = {After Capitalism: Cyborgism},
  title        = {Rethinking the dialectics of the Master and the Servant ; the political consequences of the Foucaultian theory of bio-power},
  year         = {2014},
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