Foucault News

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

Gavin Rae, Poststructuralist Agency. The Subject in Twentieth-Century Theory, Edinburgh University Press, 2020 Does the poststructuralist decentring of the foundational subject permit a coherent account of agency? Analyses poststructuralist thinking on ‘the subject’ in detail, tying it to the often-ignored question of agency Expands the scope of ‘poststructuralism’ beyond Deleuze, Derrida, and Foucault by also …

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Michel Foucault, Binswanger et l’analyse existentielle : Manuscrit inédit, Gallimard/ Seuil Hautes Etudes 20 Mai 2021. Edition établie, sous la responsabilité de François Ewald, par Elisabetta Basso En 1954 paraît en traduction française Le Rêve et l’Existence du psychiatre suisse Ludwig Binswanger, accompagné d’une introduction de Michel Foucault. Le philosophe y annonce un « ouvrage …

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Michel Foucault, Speaking the Truth about Oneself Lectures at Victoria University, Toronto, 1982, Chicago University Press (2021) Edited by Henri-Paul Fruchaud and Daniele Lorenzini English Edition Established by Daniel Louis Wyche A collection of Foucault’s lectures that trace the historical formation and contemporary significance of the hermeneutics of the self. Just before the summer of …

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Miguel de Beistegui, The Government of Desire. A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject, University of Chicago Press, 2018 Liberalism, Miguel de Beistegui argues in The Government of Desire, is best described as a technique of government directed towards the self, with desire as its central mechanism. Whether as economic interest, sexual drive, or the basic …

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Benjamin Bratton, The Revenge of the Real. Politics for a Post-Pandemic World, Verso, 2021 Review by Geoff Shullenberger in The Washington Examiner The future of politics after the pandemic COVID-19 exposed the pre-existing conditions of the current global crisis. Many Western states failed to protect their populations, while others were able to suppress the virus …

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Nadieszda Kizenko, Good for the Souls, A History of Confession in the Russian Empire, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2021 Audio interview with the author on the New Books Network From the moment that Tsars as well as hierarchs realized that having their subjects go to confession could make them better citizens as well as better Christians, …

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Byung-Chul Han, The Palliative Society. Pain Today Byung-Chul Han, Translated by Daniel Steuer, Polity Press, 2021 Our societies today are characterized by a universal algophobia: a generalized fear of pain. We strive to avoid all painful conditions – even the pain of love is treated as suspect. This algophobia extends into society: less and less …

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“In the Stubborn, Bright Sun of Polish Liberty”: Foucault in Warsaw with Remigiusz Ryziński and Sean Bye, Outsider Theory, August 2021 Podcast discussion About this Episode “Foucault in Warsaw,” just out in English translation from Open Letter Books, is a fascinating investigation of the time Michel Foucault spent as a cultural attaché in Warsaw in …

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Mary McGill, The Visibility Trap, Sexism, Surveillance & Social Media, New Island. 2021 A feminist guide to navigating self-representation on social media Social media is a new type of public space that has revolutionised the way women express themselves, placing the power of representation in female hands like no technology before. But this increased visibility …

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Mahbub Rashid, Physical Space and Spatiality in Muslim Societies: Notes on the Social Production of Cities, University of Michigan Press, 2021 Mahbub Rashid embarks on a fascinating journey through urban space in all of its physical and social aspects, using the theories of Foucault, Bourdieu, Lefebvre, and others to explore how consumer capitalism, colonialism, and …

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