Philosophical practice following Foucault

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This paper develops a heuristic of different modes of philosophical engagement with Michel Foucault’s work with the aim to aid self-reflection about contemporary uses of Foucault. Drawing on debates in the history of philosophy, I describe contextualism, appropriationism, and methodologism as three strands of Foucault scholarship. I then examine queer and feminist philosophical engagements with Foucault to explicate and illustrate the aims and strengths of each strand. I conclude by spelling out the larger implications for different uses of Foucault for philosophical practice and make the case for a methodological pluralism that draws on all available modes of inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-83
Number of pages29
JournalFoucault Studies
Issue number25
StatePublished - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Appropriationism
  • Contextualism
  • Feminist philosophy
  • Methodologism
  • Queer theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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