Michel Foucault was a French philosopher who died from AIDS in 1984. He is currently the most-cited scholar in the various fields of the humanities. His ideas are foundational for understanding contemporary thought. His worldview underlies that of the “critical theorists” who see oppression everywhere, and his views on sex explain the centrality of homosexuality in today’s discourse. And yet such applications miss important implications of his thought.
First Things has published a brilliant discussion of Foucault by the Catholic scholar Angela Franks. Seldom have I read a more lucid explanation of any philosopher. She clearly and without rancor explains his ideas and the basis for them. Relating his thought to his life, Prof. Franks then makes a compelling case for the contrasting worldview of Christianity.