Foucault News

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 …

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Foucault on Liberal Democracy, Historicism and Philosophy Blake Smith. Tocqueville 21, 9 May 2020 Liberal democracy is an oxymoron. Or rather, it’s a site of confrontation between contradictory discourses, between the universalist aspirations of philosophy and the partisanship of historiography. So insinuates Michel Foucault in the lecture series “Society Must be Defended,” delivered at the Collège de …

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Gordon Hull, On the Authorship of Law: Copyright, Foucault, and Hobbes, New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science, 12 Nivember 2019 There is an interesting copyright case before the Supreme Court this term, Georgia v. Public Resource.org. It is settled law that official edicts of the government – statutory texts, judicial opinions, agency rules – are not copyrightable. More …

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Colleen Kelsey, Accidental Style Icon: Michel Foucault, Garage magazine on the Vice site, Sep 15 2019 The French philosopher, who literally recommended care for the Self, is proof that so-called “public intellectuals” tend to have the best style. […] I have regularly Googled, “Where did Foucault shop?” hoping for some unearthed cache of details. A …

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Gordon Hull, Lessons from Agre on Privacy as Capture (Part 2): Can Foucault Get Past Panopticism?, New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science, 5 August 2019 A couple of weeks ago, I noted my newly discovered appreciation for Philip Agre’s “Surveillance and Capture” and outlined why I think his development of capture (and retreat from surveillance) is particularly …

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