Foucault News

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

Antoine Idier, Michel Foucault before the Commission for Penal Code Review, Lundimatin, 16 mai 2021 These past few weeks I’ve often been asked about the subject which has taken the name of the “Michel Foucault affair” (even though there was no “affair” to speak of), following the delirious accusations of a right-wing essayist and their …

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Richard Seymour, How postmodernism became the universal scapegoat of the era New Statesman, 24 June 2021 In the slew of rightist culture-war bogeymen, from “cultural Marxism” to “critical race theory”, one of the most surprising candidates for obloquy is postmodernism. In December 2020, the women and equalities minister Liz Truss bewailed “postmodernist philosophy – pioneered …

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Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora, Today, the self is the battlefield of politics. Blame Michel Foucault, The Guardian, 15 June 2021 The rise of confessional politics has its origins in the left’s post-60s turn away from structures and towards the individual “We are perhaps living at the end of politics,” Michel Foucault wrote in the …

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Crispin Sartwell, Michel Foucault Switches Sides, Splice Today, 7 June 2021 Neither the left nor the right can deal with an anti-authoritarian. The French philosophe Michel Foucault (1926-1984) is currently up for re-assessment. In The New York Times, Ross Douthat writes that Foucault, usually thought of as a notorious postmodern neo-Marxist leftist relativist, has lately been associated with the Trumpian right. And an essay in The Point surveys the …

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“Do Not Ask Me Who I Am” Foucault and neoliberalism, The Point Magazine, June 2 2021 We just can’t seem to shake Foucault. The French philosopher, loathed or loved, has not dimmed in significance since his death of AIDS in 1984. In many ways the patron saint of contemporary humanistic inquiry, Michel Foucault’s work remains …

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Michel Foucault en Amérique : au cœur de la vallée de la Mort (2021), Par Sophie Joubert, France-Amérique, Mai 25, 2021 Parmi les penseurs de la French Theory, Michel Foucault est le plus connu. Celui dont l’œuvre, controversée, irrigue encore aujourd’hui les travaux de nombreux chercheurs américains. A partir de 1970 et jusqu’à sa mort …

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Review: How a California acid trip made Michel Foucault a neoliberal by Jonathan Russell Clark, Los Angeles Times. 24 May 2021 Review of The Last Man Takes LSD: Foucault and the End of Revolution By Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora, Verso, 2021 In 1978 and 1979, the French philosopher Michel Foucault gave a series of …

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Editor: This press release along with many other items relating to Foucault’s stay in Tunisia from 1966 to 1968 can be found in the select bibliography I posted yesterday. Press release on the Centre Michel Foucault site in Paris PDF in French Translations into other languages English Italian Portuguese Spanish German