Foucault News

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

Anthony Meirno, Politics of Perception: Post-Foucauldian Ceramics [Kindle Edition] Pam Luke (Editor), 2011 Description Whether due to his insight or influence, Foucault’s mixture of cynicism, paranoia and obsession with power mirrors our current cultural zeitgeist. His thoughts resonate on both thin edges of the American political thought. On the left, consider feminist law scholar Catharine …

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Maurizio Meloni, “Naturalism as an Ontology of Ourselves”, Telos 155 (Summer 2011). Abstract Scientific naturalism, according to Jürgen Habermas, represents one of the “two countervailing trends that mark the intellectual tenor of our age,” the other being religious worldviews. Using Foucault’s distinction between philosophy as an “analytic of truth” and philosophy as an “ontology of …

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Call for papers The twelfth annual meeting of the Foucault Circle Canisius College Buffalo, NY, USA March 30-April 1, 2012 Papers on any aspect of Foucault’s work, and studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking, are all welcome. We will aim for a diversity of topics and perspectives in the program selection. Please send a …

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Stuart Elden, Power, Nietzsche and the Greeks: Foucault’s Leçons sur la volonté de savoir, Berfrois, Intellectual Jousting in the Republic of Letters The most recently published lecture course from Michel Foucault’s time at the Collège de France is his first, entitled ‘La Volonté de Savoir’—the will to know or the will to knowledge. To avoid …

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Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Foucault with Habermas: Towards a complementary critical reading of modernity, Revista Enfoques, Vol. IX, no. 14, 2011, pp. 139-151 This article can be found online ABSTRACT This essay examines Foucault’s and Habermas’s critical project in order to show their complementary character. In the examination of the main aspects of their oeuvres, it …

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Anne Schwan, Stephen Shapiro, How to Read Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, London: Pluto Press, 2011, ISBN: 9780745329819 Publication date: 20 July 2011 Publisher’s page Description Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish is one of the best-selling works of critical theory and a key text on many undergraduate courses. However, it is a long, difficult text which …

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Ben Golder, Review of Foucault’s Monsters and the Challenge of Law, Abingdon: Routledge , 2010 by Andrew Sharpe, The Modern Law Review, Volume 74, Issue 4, July 2011, pp 639–642. Review Andrew Sharpe has written a very erudite and impeccably serious book about monsters. However, Sharpe’s thought-provoking book is not so much about the mythological …

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Michael L. Cepek, Foucault in the forest: Questioning environmentality in Amazonia, American Ethnologist, Volume 38, Issue 3, August 2011, pp 501–515. Article available online in pdf format ABSTRACT In this article, I analyze the encounter between the Field Museum of Natural History and Amazonian Ecuador’s Cofán people to question the concept of “environmentality”: the idea …

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Peter Lucas, Foucault and Subjection, In Ethics and Self-Knowledge Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy, 2011, Volume 26, Part 2, 167-181. Online version (pdf) Abstract A sceptical essentialist ethic of self-interpretation, founded on an obligation to avoid the mendacity involved in inducing deficient self-conceptions in others, looks to have significant normative force. But how might …

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