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

Portrait of Paul M. Rabinow by Saâd A. Tazi, during his Blaise Pascal professorship at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Paris.

Christopher Ying, UC Berkeley professor emeritus Paul Rabinow dies at age 76, The Daily Californian, April 11, 2021

Paul Rabinow, UC Berkeley professor emeritus of anthropology and world-renowned anthropologist, died April 6 at the age of 76 in his Berkeley home.

Rabinow spent about 41 years at UC Berkeley between 1978 to 2019, serving as the director of anthropology for the Contemporary Research Collaboratory and as the former director of human practices for the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center.

Rabinow is most well-known for his commentary on the works of French philosopher Michel Foucault, with whom he worked while Foucault was in Berkeley in the early 1980s.

3 thoughts on “Paul Rabinow (1944 – 2021)

  1. dmf says:

    he’ll be much missed, I think his later works on the anthro of the contemporary are probably the best prototypes forward for we few remaining post-structuralists.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. stuartelden says:

    Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:
    The death of Paul Rabinow, a very important anthropologist and a crucial figure in the Anglophone reception of Foucault.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. dmf says:

    “A starting point of our thinking and discussions
    had been Foucault’s provocative passing comment to
    macro-level turbulent events that he called problema
    -tizations. They were neither epochs nor epistemes. In
    fact, Foucault cautions against trying to directly analyze
    them, because they were not available to either representations or construction. This was cryptic, no doubt…”


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