Abstract:This essay indicates how the implicit normative framework in the texts of Michel Foucault can lead to a poststructural rhetorical praxis that is neither relativistic nor unrealistically utopian. In relation to the Enlightenment project broadly conceived, Foucault's work in this area shows both similarities to and differences from Kant and Habermas. Some normative standards are precluded within Foucault's system, but others are implied and can be articulated. There is a concept of limit work in Foucault, and the essay concludes by explaining this concept and applying it to Philipp Jenninger's Kristallnacht address.
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