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

Maher, H. Foucault against the Foucauldians? On the problem of the neoliberal state (2021) Thesis Eleven DOI: 10.1177/07255136211053377 Abstract The survival of neoliberal forms of governance after their apparent repudiation during the Global Financial Crisis is a problem that continues to generate significant scholarly controversy. One of the most influential accounts of the survival of …

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Giorgi Vachnadze, Fighting Bodies: A Genealogy of the Ring, Epoché Philosophy Monthly, Issue #44 September 2021 Open access The following essay will attempt to trace a genealogy for the institution of professional boxing. Applying Michel Foucault’s method of Archeology and Biopolitical critique, the aim will be to demonstrate several things. First, that boxing has not …

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Michael C. Behrent, The True Foucault Dissent Magazine, September 30, 2021 The issues most important to Michel Foucault have moved from the margins to become major preoccupations of political life. But what did Foucault actually teach?, Suddenly, it seems, everyone has a lot to say about Michel Foucault. And much of it isn’t pretty. After …

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Alphin, C., Debrix, F. Biopolitics in the ‘Psychic Realm’: Han, Foucault and neoliberal psychopolitics, Philosophy and Social Criticism, (2021). DOI: 10.1177/01914537211033011 Abstract This article explores German Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han’s notion of psychopolitics and his concept of the neoliberal subject. For Han, mental processes are now the primary target of power. This means that, according …

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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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Special section: Miguel De Beistegui, The Government Of Desire: A Genealogy Of The Liberal Subject, Philosophy Today: Volume > 65 > Issue: 4, 2021 Vilde Lid Aavitsland, The “Man of Desire” or the “Man of Labor”?: Comments on Miguel de Beistegui’s The Government of Desire Kevin Thompson, Comments on Miguel De Beistegui’s The Government of …

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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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Stephen J. Ball & Emiliano Grimaldi (2021) Neoliberal education and the neoliberal digital classroom, Learning, Media and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2021.1963980 ABSTRACT This article explores some aspects of the relation between neoliberalisation and the increasing use of digital technologies in school classrooms. It does this in relation to a specific case – a specific school, classroom …

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Rey Chow, A Face Drawn in Sand. Humanistic Inquiry and Foucault in the Present, Columbia University Press, 2021 Leadership, innovation, diversity, inclusiveness, sharing, accountability—such is the resounding administrative refrain we keep hearing in the contemporary Western university. What kinds of benefits does this refrain generate? For whom? What discursive incitements undergird such benefits? Although there …

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Weinreich, Spencer J. “Panopticon, Inc.: Jeremy Bentham, Contract Management, and (Neo)Liberal Penality.” Punishment & Society, (July 2021). https://doi.org/10.1177/14624745211023457. Abstract This essay revisits Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon, perhaps the foundational figure of the study of the prison, to recover a dimension of the project wholly omitted in Michel Foucault’s canonical reading in Discipline and Punish. Nowhere does …

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