Thursday, April 06, 2006

Lindroth and Foucault

I learned a piece of entertaining trivia the other day. One of my heroes, rationalist historian of science Sten Lindroth (1914-1980), worked at the university of Uppsala. For about a year in the early 50s, he had a Frenchman among his students named Michel Foucault. Yes, the Michel Foucault. Who cannot by any yardstick be called a rationalist. I hear the two gentlemen did't like each other much.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, Foucault was discouraged to present the mega-classic to be, 'Histoire de la folie à l'âge classique - Folie et déraison' ('Madness and Civilization' in English, 'Vansinnets historia' in Swedish), as his thesis at Uppsala.


07 April, 2006 10:35  
Blogger Martin said...

I'm sure it's pretentious relativist crap. (-;

07 April, 2006 22:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True, but being a relativist about society's interpretation of insanity works far better than being a relativist about physics. :-)

10 April, 2006 10:02  

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