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Call for Papers

 Origins of Truth: Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know

 November 8-9, 2013

A conference presented by

the Foucault Society


Stony Brook University Department of Philosophy


Stony Brook Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South

New York, NY

Keynote: Todd May, Clemson University: “The Will to Know”

Guest Speaker: Eduardo Mendieta, Stony Brook University

In celebration of the publication of Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1970-1971

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), we invite participants to a conference in New York City.

 As the first of Foucault’s annual courses, Lectures on the Will to Know set an agenda for his intellectual journey of the 1970s and 1980s. Its publication in English translation opens up new directions for research into power, knowledge and the “formation of discourses.”

Papers are invited which analyze Lectures on the Will to Know – its sources, themes and intellectual, historical or political contexts.  What are the multiple ways that “truth” and “origins” are developed in Foucault’s work?  How do philosophy and history intersect in this text?  What is “will” in a Foucaultian context and how can we think of “the will to know” without reinstalling sovereign subjectivity?  How do Foucault’s encounters here with Aristotle, the Sophists, Nietzsche, Deleuze  indeed, with the possibility of an origin of Western knowledge — complicate our understanding of his genealogical approach?

Suggested Topics:

 The Lecture Courses

“The Will to Know” and “The Order of Discourse”

 ▪ Issues of translation and transcription ▪

 ▪ Continuities and disjunctions among the Lecture Courses ▪

Thematic connections to Foucault’s earlier or later works

Intellectual History

Foucault and Deleuze ▪ Foucault and Nietzsche ▪ Foucault on Aristotle and the Sophists ▪ Foucault and Eastern Knowledge

 Forms of Knowledge

Connaissance, Savoir and Truth ▪ Judgment ▪ Justice

 Measurement (Being) ▪  Repetition and Becoming ▪ The Event

 Truth and the City-State

Law ▪ Money ▪ Sovereignty

Political Economy ▪ Purity/Impurity ▪ Criminality

Please send 500 word proposals to:


September 10, 2013. 

Accepted presenters will be notified by September 20, 2013.

About the Foucault Society:

The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984).  All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault’s work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.
Twitter:  @foucaultsociety


3 thoughts on “CFP: Origins of Truth: a conference on Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know (2013)

  1. stuartelden says:

    Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:
    Conference on Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know in New York.

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