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

Eric Schliesser, On Foucault on 10 January 1979 On the Art of Governing and the Origin of Liberalism, Digressions and Impressions blog, 26 May 2020

Foucault subtly draws a contrast between [I] (a) the ancient and traditional conception of governing and (b) a modern one; the modern one involves political sovereignty. He presents this as a narrowing of scope along some dimensions, although the presence of sovereignty suggests it is expansive in another dimension. Within the modern conception, and we are very much in the ambit of Max Weber here, Foucault draws a further contrast [II] between (c) what I am going to call a normative (as distinct from ethical and moral) conception of the art of governing and(d) an empirical practice of governing.

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