Quotation by Michel Foucault

The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and ... to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play).
Michel Foucault (1926–1984), French philosopher. repr. In Foucault Live, ed. Sylvère Lotringer (1989). Interview, in "The Concern for Truth," Le Magazine Littéraire (Paris, May 1984).
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