I have asked whether Poirot was a Shimerian and whether one of my favorite Chicago sculptures is by a Shimerian. In each case, I was showcasing something in popular culture -- or in Chicago -- that allowed me to speak of Shimer in certain ways. What happens when we begin to ask something a bit different: Is a particular theorist or philosopher Shimerian?
The question is a bit different from asking if Foucault appears in Shimer classes. He does. He has. He will. Just as Foucault has been and is and likely will be read in many institutions across the US and the globe, he has and likely will be read into Shimer's future. His work is important -- and has been -- in both contructive and deconstructive ways.
So, yes, in that obvious sense, he is and was and will be Shimerian. Is there, though, more to the question?
Might we need to ask "which Foucault"? No, I am not posing Michel Foucault against some other person with his last name. Rather, I am asking about the many texts within the corpus of his work. On the bookshelf in my office here are the Foucaultian texts:
The History of Sexuality, Volume 1
Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-Century French Hermaphrodite (Introduced by Michel Foucault)
The Use of Pleasure: The History of Sexuality Volume 2
The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Science
Seven books. Not even scratching the surface of Foucault's work. If merely being prolific were enough, Foucault is definitely a Shimerian. If it is the ideasd that matter, might the early Foucault matter? The mid-years? The late? All Foucault.
What about his overall significance? Does that qualify him as Shimerian? I would argue yes. He (among others) helped us to think through the ways that epistemologies are historical, that power relations and knowledge are inseparable, the ways sexuality is itself a historical product, and more. For me, perhaps the most important was the first one I read: Discipline and Punish. He made me see the world -- and myself -- anew. Here was guilt reimagined, institutional force rethought, and, in the long run, I see higher education differently because I read about the prison.
Could there be Foucaultian words on a Shimer t shirt? Hmmmm. An option:
"...madmen were confined in the holy locus of a miracle." (Madness and Civilization, p. 10, Wildly out of Context for No Good Reason at All)