chapter  1
1981–82
Pages 20

Michel Foucault was interested in processes of subjectivation, the practices by which a human being becomes an adult, an agent, a full-fledged member of the community. Foucault's insistence on this approach coincides with his interpretation of Kant's essay on the Enlightenment, which at the time looked strangely out of place in a lecture series on ancient Hellenistic practices. Executive function makes sense in general for leadership studies to draw from the physical sciences, such as neuroscience, in order to put some of the advice unearthed by Foucault to the test of the empirical sciences. Interestingly, the only other character who resembles a Subject in Foucault's sense is Louis, king of France, who conducts his business with Becket relatively transparently and opines on the business of leadership in tones familiar to those who would have read Foucault's last lectures.