THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS: KANT & MICHEL FOUCAULT

THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS: KANT & MICHEL FOUCAULT

THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS: KANT & MICHEL FOUCAULT

*  In this workshop we will discover two of ‘The Great Philosophers’, Immanuel Kant and Michel Foucault and discuss some of their biggest ideas. Such as Kant’s questions about what exactly is a free society and how Foucault’s thinking about history can teach us to look at the way we live our lives today differently.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLUB: 03/05 - 19:30h – 21:00h
LOCATION: Chez Vous (Av. Lavandisca, 395 - Moema)
DURATION: (1.5 hours per workshop)
GROUP SIZE: 6 people
PRICE: R$80 per workshop (includes a drink per workshop: wine or beer)
           
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THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS: KANT & MICHEL FOUCAULT

INTRODUCTION
In this workshop we will discover two of ‘The Great Philosophers’, Immanuel Kant and Michel Foucault and discuss some of their biggest ideas. Such as Kant’s questions about what exactly is a free society and how Foucault’s thinking about history can teach us to look at the way we live our lives today differently.. I would like to credit the teachings from ‘The School of Life’ for the source of much of the information used in this workshop.


MICHEL FOUCAULT
Michel Foucault is one of the most influential thinkers of our age – a lone figure exploring the dark labyrinths of modern experience. A man loathed almost as much as he is revered. Foucault was a French twentieth century philosopher and historian who questioned many of our assumptions about how much better the world is today compared with the past. When we think about the treatment of the mad, the medical profession and sexuality, most people routinely assume that our views have progressed over time. Not Foucault! He spent his career forensically criticizing the power of the modern bourgeois capitalist state including its police, law courts, prisons, doctors and psychiatrists.


MARXIST ANARCHIST UTOPIA
His goal was to understand how power worked and then to change it in the direction of a Marxist anarchist utopia. (What on earth is a Marxist anarchist utopia?) His theories addressed the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions. Although he spent most of his life in libraries and seminar rooms, he was a committed revolutionary figure. He was enormously popular in elite Parisian intellectual circles and still maintains a wide following among young people studying at university in the prosperous corners of the world.


EMBARRASSING BACKGROUND
Foucault was extremely reluctant ever to talk about his background and tried to prevent journalists from investigating it at all costs. He was very privileged. Both his parents were extraordinarily rich - coming from a long line of successful surgeons. His father, Dr Paul Foucault, came to represent all that Michel would hate about bourgeois France. He went to elite schools, was an altar boy and his parents hoped he would become a doctor.
 

*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF 'THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS: KANT & MICHEL FOUCAULT' WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE. 
 

The rest of this workshop will discuss...

  • NOT LIKE OTHER BOYS
  • THE ONLY REASON TO LEARN ABOUT HISTORY
  • MADNESS AND CIVILIZATION
  • GOOD MADNESS
  • DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH
  • BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
  • 21ST CENTURY SMUGNESS
  • HISTORY IS A STOREHOUSE OF GOOD IDEAS
  • WHAT I AM
  • KANT
  • DINNER PARTY RULES
  • THE ENLIGHTENMENT
  • THE BOUNDS OF REASON
  • KANT ON LOVE AFFAIRS
  • WHAT IS A FREE SOCIETY

QUESTION

DO GOVERNMENTS REFLECT THE SOCIETIES THEY GOVERN?
Please let us know by leaving a response in the comment section below.


VOCABULARY

  • acutely: (adverb) [Portuguese: agudamente] – intensely
  • to foster: (verb) [Portuguese: fomentar] – encourage or promote the development of (something, typically something regarded as good).
  • frail: (adjective) [Portuguese: frágil] – (of a person) weak and delicate.
  • discourse: [Portuguese: discurso] – written or spoken communication or debate.
  • hilarity: (noun) [Portuguese: hilaridade] – extreme amusement, especially when expressed by laughter.
  • mood: (noun) [Portuguese: humor] – a temporary state of mind or feeling.
  • prone: (noun) [Portuguese: propenso] – likely to or liable to suffer from something.
  • to latch onto: (verb) [Portuguese: trancar] – to hook on.
  • behaviour: (noun) [Portuguese: comportamento] – the way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially toward others.
  • to treat: (verb) [Portuguese: tratar] – behave toward or deal with in a certain way.
  • sake: (noun) [Portuguese: causa] – for the purpose of.
  • dull: (adjective) [Portuguese: maçante] – lacking interest or excitement.
  • to act in accordance: [Portuguese: agir de acordo]
  • labyrinth: (noun) [Portuguese: labirinto] – a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze.
  • to loath: (verb) [Portuguese: detestar] – feel intense dislike or disgust for.
  • to revere: (verb) [Portuguese: reverenciar] – feel deep respect or admiration for (something)
  • forensic: (noun) [Portuguese: forense] – of, relating to, or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime.
  • bourgeois: (adjective) [Portuguese: burguesa] – of or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes.
  • What on earth: (expression) – What is… e.g. What on earth is the problem?
  • to prevent: (verb) [Portuguese: prevenir] – keep (something) from happening or arising.
  • altar boy: (noun) [Portuguese: coroinha / ministrante] – a boy who acts as a priest's assistant, especially in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • self-harming: (noun) [Portuguese: auto flagelando] – Non-suicidal self-injury, often simply called self-injury, is the act of deliberately harming the surface of your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself.
  • sado-masochism: (noun) [Portuguese: sadomasoquismo] – psychological tendency or sexual practice characterized by both sadism and masochism.
  • to take up: (verb) [Portuguese: assumir]
  • to dig out: (verb) [Portuguese: desenterrar]
  • wisdom: (noun) [Portuguese: sabedoria] – the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.
  • to wander: (verb) [Portuguese: vaguear] – walk or move in a leisurely, casual, or aimless way.
  • hung: (past verb of to hang) [Portuguese: enforcar] – to kill (someone) by tying a rope attached from above around the neck and removing the support from beneath (used as a form of capital punishment).
  • riot: (noun) [Portuguese: tumulto] – a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.
  • smugness: (adjective) [Portuguese: presunção] – having or showing an excessive pride in oneself or one's achievements.
  • storehouse: (noun) [Portuguese: armazém] – a building used for storing goods.
  • raid: (noun) [Portuguese: incursão] – a sudden attack on an enemy by troops, aircraft, or other armed forces in warfare.
  • pristine: (noun) [Portuguese: primitivo] – in its original condition; unspoiled.

EXTRA INFO

  • The Enlightenment: a European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th centuries emphasizing reason and individualism rather than tradition. It was heavily influenced by 17th-century philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, and Newton, and its prominent exponents include Kant, Goethe, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Adam Smith.
  • The Renaissance: The cultural rebirth that occurred in Europe from roughly the fourteenth through the middle of the seventeenth centuries, based on the rediscovery of the literature of Greece and Rome.

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