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

Gabriel Rockhill, The CIA Reads French Theory: On The Intellectual Labor Of Dismantling The Cultural Left. The Philosophical Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, 28 Feb 2017 Also in French on Mediapart Quand la CIA s’attelait à démanteler la gauche intellectuelle française It is often presumed that intellectuals have little or no political power. Perched …

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Editor: I posted up a review of this book earlier. It is attracting quite a bit of attention in France hence the repost. See the links at the end of this post Jacques Bouveresse, Nietzsche contre Foucault Sur la vérité, la connaissance et le pouvoir. Agone, 25/01/2016 Avant-propos de Benoit Gaultier et Jean-Jacques Rosat. Et si …

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Daniel Zamora and Michael C. Behrent (eds), Foucault and Neoliberalism, Polity Press, 2016 Description Michel Foucault’s death in 1984 coincided with the fading away of the hopes for social transformation that characterized the postwar period. In the decades following his death, neoliberalism has triumphed and attacks on social rights have become increasingly bold. If Foucault …

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A Foucault News exclusive. Governmentality studies observed Interview with Colin Gordon by Aldo Avellaneda and Guillermo Vega September 2015 Full PDF of article Interviewers’ introduction Colin Gordon is considered one of the key references of what, in a rather generic although recognizable way, has come to be called “governmentality studies”. He has been involved since …

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Mitchell Dean, Foucault must not be defended, History and Theory, Volume 54, Issue 3, pages 389–403, October 2015 DOI: 10.1111/hith.10767 Available on academia.edu. You need to log in ABSTRACT This paper responds to and comments on many of the themes of the book under consideration concerning Foucault and neoliberalism. In doing so, it offers reflections …

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Editor: See Colin Gordon’s response from the comments section of this blog post below. Michel Foucault’s Iranian Folly Jeremy Stangroom on Michel Foucault’s political naiveté, TPM Online (The Philosopher’s magazine) Extract Everywhere outside Iran, Islam serves as a cover for a feudal or pseudo revolutionary oppression… The Left should not let itself be seduced by …

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Forum: Foucault and Neoliberalism, History and Theory, Volume 54, Issue 3, October 2015. 1. Introduction (pages 367–371) Matthew Specter 2. Can the critique of capitalism be antihumanist? (pages 372–388) Michael C. Behrent 3. Foucault must not be defended (pages 389–403) Mitchell Dean 4. Neoliberalism through Foucault’s eyes (pages 404–418) Serge Audier

Searching for Foucault in an Age of Inequality Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins and Alexander Arnold on Critiquer Foucault: Les Années 1980 et la tentation néolibérale, Los Angeles Review of Books, 18 March 2015 JACOBIN RECENTLY PUBLISHED an interview with a little-known sociologist that provoked a wave of reactions. A young Belgian scholar named Daniel Zamora claimed that …

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