Foucault News

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

Lock down and punish by Blake Smith| Washington Examiner, June 11, 2020 The French philosopher Michel Foucault warned that public health threatens the principles of liberal democracy. Our political system, he argued, depends on us imagining each other as citizens working out collective rules to protect our rights. Our conception of public health, however, results …

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Problematic statues and ‘race war’ by Blake Smith, Washington Examiner, June 18, 2020 […] What we are in the habit of calling “identity politics,” and particularly political movements based on (somewhat contradictory) appeals to racial solidarity and anti-racism, depend on a “certain way of making historical knowledge work within political struggle.” So argued Foucault in …

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‘I Drove this Exact Truck’ How the War on Terror Came Back to Haunt America Iain Overton Byline Times, 4 June 2020 Iain Overton reports on how US counter-terrorism equipment is being deployed at home with an inevitable rise in militarisation, mortality and force over-reach n Wednesday 4 February 1976, the French academic Michel Foucault …

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Editor: I’m constantly surprised by the contexts in which Foucault’s name pops up. Sailing as an essential activity Published on April 30th, 2020 by Darrell Nicholson, Practical Sailor, Scuttlbutt Sailing news (Florida, USA) Let’s take away all the boats. Not the ships engaged in essential commerce, not the barges hauling goods, not the net boats …

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Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Foucault And The Politics Of Coronavirus Pandemic – OpEd, Eurasia Review, News and Analysis, March 12, 2020 As the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, relentlessly continues it mayhem around the world, on the intellectual side it has also provoked fresh conversations on the (geo) politics and the related ramifications in terms of …

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Bernard-Henri Lévy, Michel Foucault y el coronavirus: vigilar y castigar, El Español, 6 marzo, 2020 Solo circulan los intendentes, los sindicalistas, los soldados de la guardia”. O: “Cada uno se aferra a su casa, se mueve lo menos posible, viaja poco”. O: “Un espacio cerrado, delimitado, vigilado en todos sus lados, donde los individuos están …

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Richard Bernstein, Howard’s Way, The New York Times Magazine, Sept 25, 1988 Editor: An interesting article on Richard Howard, the translator of the first book of Foucault’s to appear in English: Madness and Civilization. THE INSPIRATION CAME EARLY, AS Richard Howard, translator of more than 150 books from French into English, once told Charles de …

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Shech, Singapore Prison Service’s choice of name for its newsletter draws flak, The Independent, Singapore September 16, 2019 Singapore — Concerned netizens and academics alike were not happy with the Singapore Prison Service’s (SPS) choice of name for their quarterly newsletter. The newsletter is currently called the Panopticon, an architectural infrastructure with a loaded concept. …

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Editor: I usually pass over this kind of material, but Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto has become an influential celebrity in the last few years with a large following. I am posting this in order to draw attention to the increasing volume and popularity of certain …

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