¹ 4, 2015
Knowing and quoting Foucault is unavoidable for contemporary Humanities. Dominating English-speaking tradition even created a particular interdisciplinary field of Foucault Studies. Their representatives analyze the manifold socio-cultural and political phenomena by means of Foucault's theory. Recent paper takes into consideration the characteristic features and main stages of Foucault Studies’ development. Special attention is paid to the shift of foucauldians’ (as a corporation of Foucault’s followers) approach from the interpretation to abridgment and instrumentalization of thinker’s concepts.
¹ 2, 2015
Niccolo Machiavelli is considered to be one of the first thinkers who laid foundations of the “realist” approach inherent in the political theory of Modernity. The study conducted by Rudnev that is based on the achievements of the modern intellectual history presents and justifies an alternative to this view. Analyzing some of the concepts of the language of “The Prince” that allude to the traditions of humoral medicine, astrology, sympathetic magic and alchemy, the author argues that in concern to “fox” and “lion” Machiavelli presumes not the imitation of their qualities, but rather elaborate “secret” doctrine or even “techniques of the self” in Michel Foucault’s interpretation. According to Rudnev’s conclusion, “lion” and “fox” are images that a potential reader of the tractate should have grasped exactly through the interplay of contexts (more open and “secret”) that he belonged to as a man of the Renaissance epoch.
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