I am currently having a read through some of Michel Foucault’s major works, and criticisms of his theories, but before I get to detailed criticism, I will just open my critique with my first charge against Foucault: obscurantist writing. How do we know this?
He admitted it himself to the analytic philosopher John Searle, as anyone can hear in the video below!
According to Foucault, you needed to have 10% incomprehensible gibberish in your writing to be taken seriously in French Poststructuralist philosophical pretension! (Even worse, Bourdieu put it at 20%.) Clear writing was not a virtue. Frankly, this already raises alarm bells. If you cannot write clearly and 10% of what you write is gibberish, then questions must be asked about the intellectual merit of your work. Maybe the remaining 90% has some merit, but our suspicions are already raised.
And gibberish was not only a fault of Foucault’s work, but also of French Poststructuralist and general Postmodernist writing.