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News Flash: Michel Foucault Once Had Hair And He Was Damn Fine

You'll want to get disciplined and punished. Happy 88th birthday, Michel!

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That adorable bald head delivered keystone ideas like disciplinary institution, épistémè, power-knowledge, and discursive formation to the realms of post-structuralist and post-modernist thinking.

Brains AND beauty, right?


Unfortunately, the world lost Michel too early in 1984 at the age of 57 when he passed away due to health complications from HIV/AIDS.

At the time, he was the first public figure in France to die with HIV/AIDS. Political activist and Michel's romantic partner Daniel Defert founded the AIDES charity in his memory.

But it's safe to say that his academic legacy lives on.

His body of work has gone on to influence many other academic minds, including Gilles Deleuze, David Halperin, Giorgio Agamben, and Judith Butler — not to mention countless undergrads and PhD students spending too much time in the library.

Happy 88th birthday, Michel! Thanks for all those sleepless nights during sophomore fall*~