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The Philosophical Language of Death and Power

, University of Chester, United Kingdom

ILSHS Volume 48, ISSN 2300-2697


This article is concerned with understanding the relationship of philosophical languages of death with the social philosophy of Michel Foucault. Foucault’s theoretical tools ‘make sense’ of languages of death in institutions such as care homes. While our responses to death and dying would seem to be very personal and therefore individually determined, they are, in fact, greatly influenced by the beliefs of individuals and “experts” who work in institutions providing care. Therefore, this article not only examines the limitations of bio-medicalized languages of death and dying, but importantly emphasises the importance of Foucault’s conceptual tools to methodologically interrogate how death is managed in institutional care.


Powell, J.L. (2015). The Philosophical Language of Death and Power. International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, 48, 160-170. Retrieved June 26, 2019 from .



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