Andrea Di Gesu

The Impact of Ordinary Language Philosophy on Foucault’s Thought. Reconstructing a Hidden Dialogue

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The article proposes a thorough examination of the impact of ordinary language philosophy on Foucault’s thought. It claims that this influence extends beyond mere references; rather, it constitutes an ongoing, albeit hidden, dialogue that permeates Foucault’s body of work. We contend that Wittgenstein and Austin’s contributions essentially lie in the thesis of language’s practical and strategic nature. This thesis subtly shapes Foucault’s methodology, aiding in the formulation of his archaeological method while also laying the groundwork for its evolution. Furthermore, this notion plays a pivotal role in revising the microphysical approach. Finally, Foucault revisits this concept in his examination of parrhesia, drawing upon Austin’s theory of speech acts to elucidate the nature of parrhesiastic speech.


  • Ordinary Language Philosophy
  • Foucault
  • Wittgenstein
  • Austin
  • Archaeology


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