Foucault 's Theory Of Power

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Foucault begins his ideas on power through the hypothesis that institutions create power that people in their positions posses. Power recognition 's difficult because to the naked eye power is seen to be held by the people, but Foucault shows that in truth, power is created by the institutions and transferred to those people within their respective positions. It 's hard to recognize the power in institutions due to the lack of knowledge in society and this mistake is based on the idea that whoever is holding a position of power actually created that power, but in reality the power has always existed just transferred from one position holder to the next. It 's a sobering thought that Foucault had over the idea that power transfers. In his…show more content…
Truly the recognition that Foucault has for power in a modern society is remarkable and how the power dynamic is so seemingly undetectable is an amazing feat on how blinded most people can be when it comes to true power and freedom. Another great philosophical mind is Karl Marx. He attempted to prove the constructions that shape consciousness. Marx was a German philosopher and a writer born in 1818 in Prussia Germany. His father was a Jewish lawyer and Marx grew up in a stable economic state. He got his doctorate in 1841 but soon angered the German government with his critical analysis so he was asked to step down as a professor in 1843. That when he decided to move to France to join forces with another great philosophical mind Friedrich Engels. Engels grew up in Manchester, England and he worked as a barman at his father 's industrial factory. He saw all the negatives of the hard, harsh labor and wrote The Conditions of the Working Class in England, which showed the reality of how harsh the industrial labor was because of the near boom of factories to soon begin rising. Marx and Engels met up in France to really prove that
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