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News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

The proceedings of the workshop on “Foucault and Utilitarianism” have just been released as a special issue in the bilingual Revue d’études benthamiennes.

In the 1970s, with the publication of Discipline and Punish, and with the development of his concept of discipline, Foucault put Bentham back on the map of academic study. However, Bentham scholars have not been thankful for Foucault’s interest, which has contributed to present Bentham in the shape of a disciplinary freak, to the exclusion of any other more ‘progressive’ aspects of his thought. The last decade has witnessed a remarkable reappraisal of Foucault’s misjudged strategic reading, thanks to the editions of the Collected Works, to the research of the Centre Bentham, and to the publications of Foucault’s lectures at the Collège de France, which display a much more subtle understanding of Bentham’s theory. Throughout his life and within his work, Foucault’s political struggles and his philosophical studies raise the issue of his relationship with classical utilitarianism. With its expertise on utilitarianism and its marked interest in Foucault, the Revue d’études benthamienne is the first to offer a special issue on this relationship.

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