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Graham Burchell has sent me the following comments on the translation of Michel Foucault’s ‘Society Must be Defended’ lecture course. Graham is the translator of all the other Paris lecture courses: this course, the first to appear, was made by David Macey.

societymustbedefended-cover-photoSome notes on the translation of “Il faut défendre la société”; “Society Must Be Defended” (pdf)

Here’s the opening explanation and disclaimer:

  1. The edition of the translation I refer to here is the first, American Picador edition of 2003. I do not know whether any of the mistakes indicated here have been picked up and corrected by other subsequent editions.
  2. These notes are not the result of a systematic check of the translation and indicate only passages where, for one reason or another, I referred back to the French while reading the translation; there may be other mistakes or questionable translation choices.
  3. The passages noted are…

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