Nietzsche and Foucault on the relation between knowledge and power

Yıldız, Necdet
This thesis analyzes the Nietzschean and the Foucauldian ideas concerning the relation between knowledge and power, in order to show that the philosophies in question have different advantages and disadvantages for different purposes. This means that new philosophical and political doors may be opened for us with the critical dialogue of the thoughts of these thinkers. In this thesis, by reading Nietzsche and Foucault as complementary to one another, I quest for the philosophical and political results of such a dialogue.


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N. Yıldız, “Nietzsche and Foucault on the relation between knowledge and power,” Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. Philosophy., Middle East Technical University, 2019.