Michel Foucault 's Philosophy Of Law

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Michel Foucault was an unconventional philosopher in relation to the ideas and reasonings of law and why they are just. He takes a different approach than many of the most prominent philosophers in the study of the philosophy of law. If someone were to compare his ideals with the ideals of some of the most prominent law philosophers an interesting total theory of the philosophy behind law could be created. The intentions of this writing are to relate and compare Michel Foucault with many of his predecessors in order to create an interpretation of the philosophy of law that is unique and interpretative.
Let’s start with Natural Law or the idea that law is unchanging and in agreement with nature. Natural law is quite different from what Michel Foucault expresses in his writings. Natural law has an idea that there is right and wrong. It is often backed up and enforced by a religious power in order to give it merit. Although Hobbes idea of the social contract is slowly becoming closer to the ideas of Michel. Hobbes states that every act is self serving, and through time people realize that in order to survive more efficiently it is actually self serving to have agreements or laws that justify right from wrong. These ideas in a way are similar to his ideas of why disciplinary power works in society; Michel touches on how society uses ‘technologies’ in order to influence individuals so that they believe a certain way of living is natural. It is difficult to compare Natural law,…
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