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will-to-know-book-jacketOrigins of Truth: Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know

February 21-22, 2014
Stony Brook Manhattan
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016

A conference presented by The Foucault Society and the Department of Philosophy at 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.”

This conference gathers a group of established and emerging scholars to 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?

Keynote: Todd May, Clemson University: “Michel Foucault’s Will to Know”
Guest Speaker: Eduardo Mendieta, Stony Brook University

Paper Presentations:

Bernard Gendron, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:
“Foucault in 1971: Turbulence, Discontinuity, Uncertainty”

Verena Ehrlenbusch, University of Memphis:
“Foucault’s History of Sovereignty”

Neil Brophy, Villanova University:
“Will, Knowledge and Truth in Aristotle, Nietzsche and Foucault”

Johan Boberg, Uppsala University:
“Writing the History of Truth: Foucault & Heidegger”

Maxime Lallement, Manchester Metropolitan University:
“Justice, Judgment, Positivity and Discourse in Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know“

Daniel Schultz, Yale Divinity School, and University of Chicago:
“The Will to Know: The Ethics of Genealogy”

Kerem Eksen, Istanbul Technical University:
“The ‘Event’ Called Philosophy: From the Lectures on the Will to Know to Hermeneutics of the Subject”

Abubakr Khan, State University of New York–Binghamton:
“To Will the Event: Nietzsche, Foucault & Deleuze”

Corey McCall, Elmira College:
“Foucault’s Faust and Saint Anthony”

Dean Casales, Kean University:
“A Third Way of Knowing: A Critique of Foucault’s ‘Oedipal Knowledge’”

Wai Kit Choi, California State University, Los Angeles:
“Theorizing Money and Modernity: Implications from Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know“

Peter Macapia, Pratt Institute:
“Distributions: Ceramics, Money, and Events”


3 thoughts on “Origins of Truth: Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know (2014)

  1. stuartelden says:

    Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:
    News of an important conference in New York on Foucault’s first lecture course.

  2. Aquileana says:

    Bow to Foucault, Aquileana 🙂

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