Power, history and genealogy: Friedrich nietzsche michel foucault

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

The essay explores Friedrich Nietzsche's and Michel Foucault's accounts of genealogy. It argues that genealogy sees human history not in terms of events, battles and wars (i.e. through empirical facts), but in terms of discursive regimes and practices which form our subjectivity. The link between knowledge/truth and power plays crucial role in both Nietzsche's and Foucault's accounts of genealogy. Foucault's notion of dispositive (the regime of intelligibility) serves as a key concept in his approach to history. The Nietzschean idea of the will to power is transformed into the idea of strategies of relations of forces supporting and supported by types of knowledge. The essay concludes that Foucault's genealogy reduces meaning to power relations. It argues that in Foucault's thought human history is intelligible not because of its inner meaning, but because knowledge and discourses, which play a key role in human history, are understood in terms of tactics and strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-84
Number of pages12
JournalProblemos
Volume75
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Genealogy
Friedrich Nietzsche
History
Michel Foucault
Human History
Discourse
Power Relations
Tactics
Will to Power
Subjectivity
Discursive
Intelligibility

Keywords

  • Discourse
  • Genealogy
  • Philosophy of history
  • Power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

Cite this

Power, history and genealogy : Friedrich nietzsche michel foucault. / Bielskis, Andrius.

In: Problemos, Vol. 75, 2009, p. 73-84.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{b12e5235b04c4e5babeb6aa6bc9e21c9,
title = "Power, history and genealogy: Friedrich nietzsche michel foucault",
abstract = "The essay explores Friedrich Nietzsche's and Michel Foucault's accounts of genealogy. It argues that genealogy sees human history not in terms of events, battles and wars (i.e. through empirical facts), but in terms of discursive regimes and practices which form our subjectivity. The link between knowledge/truth and power plays crucial role in both Nietzsche's and Foucault's accounts of genealogy. Foucault's notion of dispositive (the regime of intelligibility) serves as a key concept in his approach to history. The Nietzschean idea of the will to power is transformed into the idea of strategies of relations of forces supporting and supported by types of knowledge. The essay concludes that Foucault's genealogy reduces meaning to power relations. It argues that in Foucault's thought human history is intelligible not because of its inner meaning, but because knowledge and discourses, which play a key role in human history, are understood in terms of tactics and strategies.",
keywords = "Discourse, Genealogy, Philosophy of history, Power",
author = "Andrius Bielskis",
year = "2009",
language = "English",
volume = "75",
pages = "73--84",
journal = "Problemos",
issn = "1392-1126",
publisher = "Vilnius university",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Power, history and genealogy

T2 - Friedrich nietzsche michel foucault

AU - Bielskis, Andrius

PY - 2009

Y1 - 2009

N2 - The essay explores Friedrich Nietzsche's and Michel Foucault's accounts of genealogy. It argues that genealogy sees human history not in terms of events, battles and wars (i.e. through empirical facts), but in terms of discursive regimes and practices which form our subjectivity. The link between knowledge/truth and power plays crucial role in both Nietzsche's and Foucault's accounts of genealogy. Foucault's notion of dispositive (the regime of intelligibility) serves as a key concept in his approach to history. The Nietzschean idea of the will to power is transformed into the idea of strategies of relations of forces supporting and supported by types of knowledge. The essay concludes that Foucault's genealogy reduces meaning to power relations. It argues that in Foucault's thought human history is intelligible not because of its inner meaning, but because knowledge and discourses, which play a key role in human history, are understood in terms of tactics and strategies.

AB - The essay explores Friedrich Nietzsche's and Michel Foucault's accounts of genealogy. It argues that genealogy sees human history not in terms of events, battles and wars (i.e. through empirical facts), but in terms of discursive regimes and practices which form our subjectivity. The link between knowledge/truth and power plays crucial role in both Nietzsche's and Foucault's accounts of genealogy. Foucault's notion of dispositive (the regime of intelligibility) serves as a key concept in his approach to history. The Nietzschean idea of the will to power is transformed into the idea of strategies of relations of forces supporting and supported by types of knowledge. The essay concludes that Foucault's genealogy reduces meaning to power relations. It argues that in Foucault's thought human history is intelligible not because of its inner meaning, but because knowledge and discourses, which play a key role in human history, are understood in terms of tactics and strategies.

KW - Discourse

KW - Genealogy

KW - Philosophy of history

KW - Power

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=68549126897&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=68549126897&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:68549126897

VL - 75

SP - 73

EP - 84

JO - Problemos

JF - Problemos

SN - 1392-1126

ER -