Foucault News

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

Why the Left Needs Foucault BY ROBERT A. KIPPES, CounterPunch, APRIL 30, 2021 The relationship between the philosophy of Michel Foucault and Marxism has been contentious since the 1970s. Notably, Jean-Paul Sartre accused Foucault’s thought as being “the last barricade the bourgeoisie can still erect against Marx.” The reason is simple: he rejects the onto-teleological …

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Gordon Hull, Foucault, Marx and Prophecy: the 11th “Thesis on Feuerbach”, New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science, 22 April 2021 Foucault thinks Marxism is bossy. In Society must be Defended, he lays down the gauntlet clearly enough: totalizing theories get in the way of useful things at the local level. As he notes, one should …

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Maximilian Brichta, Juxtaposing Foucault: Towards an incorporation of the phenomenological subject in prison analysis To Sense. 28 Mar 2021 If one wishes to analyze prisons from the communication perspective, they will inevitably grapple with Foucault. His 1975 book Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison has become a canonical assessment of power relations in …

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Federico Soldani, ‘Psyspeak’ on PsyPolitics and ‘therapy-speak’ on The New Yorker (2021) – 30th Mar 2021 […] Among others, Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs, in a volume written by 37 contributors titled “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” (2nd Edition, 2019), asserted explicitly: “Those who pretend that we are in the realm of politics when …

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Carlo Salzani COVID-19 and State of Exception: Medicine, Politics, and the Epidemic State, Paris Institute for Critical Thinking, 12 March 2021 Open access The article analyzes the paradigm of the state of exception which has been evoked in relation to the exceptional measures adopted against the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, with particular reference to …

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Marios Emmanouilidis, The Parasitic Folding. Humans-as-Animals, States and Machines that Come from the Outside: Homologies between a Virus and Finance, Translated from the Greek by Barbara Santos, Transversal (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Vienna) , December 2020 Open access The text approaches the Covid-19 epidemic from two points of view: (a) as a war …

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Giorgi Vachnadze, Displacing the Confessional: Resistance to Orthodox Christian Governmentality, Giorgi Vachnadze blog, 16 January 2021 The following text will provide a critical reflection on the social and political context of the Georgian Orthodox Christian Church as an extension of the state-apparatus. Looking briefly at the history, the global/local political climate and the role of …

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A new global psychiatric power? Intro (2020), Psypolitics blog by Federico Soldani – 6th Nov 2020 More than one year ago I presented the talk “Are we witnessing the emergence of a new global psychiatric power?” at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London, in the summer of 2019. The overdue transcript, with this introduction and brief comments, subdivided in thirteen parts will …

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COVID-19: Narrative economics, public policy and mental health, Annie Tubadji, Don Webber, Frederic Boy VOX CEPR Policy Portal, 10 June 2020 The general public’s mental health can be affected by different public policy responses to a pandemic threat. Italy, the UK and Sweden implemented distinct approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic: early lockdown, delayed lockdown, and …

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