This Article explores some points of connection between Michel Foucault's "governmentality" approach and Hans-Georg Gadamer's hermeneutics and concludes that Gadamer's project does not easily mesh with the Foucaultian critique. Instead, this Article argues that Foucault's reading of Heidegger diverges significantly from Gadamer's, and that an attempt to link the philosophers through their common heritage is unavailing. In conclusion, this Article suggests that the divide between hermeneutics and critical theory (in a Foucaultian sense) cannot be bridged easily, despite the few vague family resemblances evident in the literature.
Foucault and Gadamer: Like Apples and Oranges Passing in the Night,
Chi.-Kent L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.kentlaw.iit.edu/cklawreview/vol76/iss2/9