By Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi
Were the 13 essays Michel Foucault wrote in 1978–1979 endorsing the Iranian Revolution an aberration of his prior paintings or an inevitable pitfall of his stance on Enlightenment rationality, as critics have lengthy alleged? Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi argues that the critics are improper. He announces that Foucault well-known that Iranians have been at a threshold and have been contemplating if it have been attainable to think about dignity, justice, and liberty outdoors the cognitive maps and rules of the eu Enlightenment.
Foucault in Iran centers not just at the importance of the nice thinker’s writings at the revolution but additionally at the profound mark the development left on his later lectures on ethics, spirituality, and fearless speech. modern occasions considering 9-11, the warfare on Terror, and the Arab Uprisings have made Foucault’s essays at the Iranian Revolution extra correct than ever. Ghamari-Tabrizi illustrates how Foucault observed within the revolution an example of his antiteleological philosophy: right here was once an occasion that didn't healthy into the normative revolutionary discourses of historical past. What attracted him to the Iranian Revolution used to be accurately its ambiguity.
Theoretically refined and empirically wealthy, this interdisciplinary paintings will spark a full of life debate in its insistence that what educated Foucault’s writing used to be no longer an attempt to appreciate Islamism yet, really, his conviction that Enlightenment rationality has now not closed the gate of unknown percentages for human societies.
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