Foucault's Principalities & Powers

In the late 1960s, a sociologist described French theorist ­Michel Foucault (1926-1984) as "a sort of frail, gnarled samurai who was dry and hieratic, who had the eyebrows of an albino and a somewhat sulfurous charm, and whose avid and affable curiosity intrigued everyone." Claude Mauriac, son of the Catholic novelist Francois Mauriac and a close friend, displayed some ambivalence about Foucault when he called his smile "carnivorous." For his part, Mauriac pere complained that Foucault's thesis of the death of man made the secular Sartre look like a brother.

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