Foucault News

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

Charles E. Snyder (2021) Foucault and the Historiography of Early Hellenistic Philosophy, Critical Horizons DOI: 10.1080/14409917.2021.1953749 ABSTRACT In his 1981–82 lectures The Hermeneutics of the Subject, Michel Foucault claims that a significant portion of the modern historiography of ancient philosophy tends to discredit the ethical framework of epimeleia heautou (“care of the self”). The thematic …

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Gøtzsche-Astrup, Johan. “The Political Signification of Riots: A Dispositive Perspective on the 2011 England Riots.” Journal of Sociology, (August 2021). https://doi.org/10.1177/14407833211037399. Abstract This article suggests a new perspective on the political signification of riots, using the 2011 England riots as a case. The sociological literature tends to look for the political signification of riots in …

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Soussloff, Catherine M. “Painting for Fools.” Theory, Culture & Society, (August 2021). https://doi.org/10.1177/02632764211013379. Abstract Manuscripts and notes by Michel Foucault on the visual arts recently deposited at the Bibliothèque Nationale reveal a reliance on canonical oil paintings by the ‘old masters’; a respect for the primary sources in the history of European art; an understanding …

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Tuomo Tiisala, Foucault, Neoliberalism, and Equality. Critical Inquiry, Autumn 2021, Volume 48 Issue 1 https://doi.org/10.1086/715986 Abstract This article presents a new account of the relationship between Michel Foucault’s work and neoliberalism, aiming to show that the relationship is significantly more complicated than either Foucault’s critics or defenders have appreciated in the recent controversy. On the …

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Rajendran, P. Parrhesia and clinical practice: A case study of Dr. Esdaile’s mesmeric hospital in Hooghly (2021) Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, 13 (2), pp. 1-13. DOI: 10.21659/RUPKATHA.V13N2.05 Abstract This paper seeks to explore the complex negotiation between mesmerism (as unauthorised medical practice) and the State by analyzing the singular example of Dr. …

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Gravesen, J.D., Birkelund, R. The discursive transformation of grief throughout history (2021) Nursing Philosophy DOI: 10.1111/nup.12351 Abstract In recent decades, the phenomenon of grief, when you lose a loved one, has been the subject of exploration and discussion among researchers. Because of this, prolonged grief is now recognized as a possible mental disorder as the …

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Larocque, C., Foth, T. Which lives are worth saving? Biolegitimacy and harm reduction during COVID-19 (2021) Nursing Inquiry DOI: 10.1111/nin.12417 Open access Abstract Despite the promise to save every life, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed social and racial inequalities, precarious living conditions, and engendered an exponential increase in overdose deaths. Although some lives are considered …

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Wagner, A., Matulewska, A., & Marusek, S. “Pandemica Panoptica: Biopolitical Management of Viral Spread in the Age of Covid-19.” International journal for the semiotics of law = Revue internationale de semiotique juridique, 1-37. 4 Feb. 2021, doi:10.1007/s11196-021-09821-1 Abstract The current pandemic period has triggered a series of changes in society, at both individual and collective …

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Riemann, M. “As Old as War Itself”? Historicizing the Universal Mercenary (2021) Journal of Global Security Studies, 6 (1). DOI: 10.1093/jogss/ogz069 Abstract IR scholarship has increasingly begun to scrutinize the ahistorical and ahistoricist assumptions pervading the discipline. Specifically, attention has been turned to those concepts, actors, and practices that appear to be without history and …

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Häberlen, J.C. Spiritual Politics: New Age and New Left in West Germany around 1980 (2021) European History Quarterly, 51 (2), pp. 239-261. DOI: 10.1177/02656914211004441 Open access Abstract In the late 1970s, an increasing number of West German ‘alternative’ leftist authors and activists turned to spiritual ideas. A milieu that had once been characterized by what …

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