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Daily Quote and Video: Michel Foucalt and How to be Alone


Michel Foucalt on Art and Society

Michel Foucalt - philosopher, historian, and cultural theorist - was widely considered one of the most important figures of the structuralist, poststructuralist and postmodern movements. And apparently he sat at least one zazen retreat. In honor of our class series on Buddhism and Postmodernism, I thought I'd share this nugget. The cool video below, How to Be Alone - by Andrea Dorfman and Tanya Davis - somehow reminded me of the quote, although it seems a lot more hopeful than much of postmodernism.

How do you express the art of being alone?


Quote of the Day:

"What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is only related to objects, and not to individuals, or to life."

-Michel Foucalt


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wow, I have never heard of Gergen. Def sounds worth checking out.


The best Buddhist book by a westerner I have ever read was An Invitation to Social Construction by Ken Gergen. The Saturated Self was pretty awesome too. Hopefully part of your curriculum. Oh, he also edited a must have on Psychology and Buddhism.


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