'What is Enlightenment?'


Comment

Could be a typo, omitting mid-sentence the equivalent of one whole line of text.

Contributed by Colin Gordon, April 2003.

French Original

'On sait que la grande promesse ou le grand espoir du XVIIIe siecle, ou d'une partie du XVIIIe siècle, était dans la croissance simultanée et proportionnelle de la capacité technique à agir sur les choses, et de la liberté des individus les uns par rapport aux autres.'

Michel Foucault. (1984). 'Qu'est-ce que les lumières?'. In Dits et Ecrits vol IV. Paris: Gallimard, p 575.

Published English Translation

'...the simultaneous and proportional growth of individuals with respect to each other.'

Michel Foucault, 'What is Enlightenment?''. In Paul Rabinow (ed.). (1991). The Foucault Reader. London: Penguin, p. 47.
In Paul Rabinow (ed.). (1997). Ethics: subjectivity and truth. New York: New Press, p. 317.

Alternative Translation

'.. the simultaneous and proportional growth of the technical capacity to act on things, and of freedom of individuals in relation to one another.'