Foucault News

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

Alain Brossat, Hétérotopies, communautés, lieux de vie, Ici et ailleurs, jeudi 9 juin 2022 La crise du présent se condense dans celle de l’habitabilité du monde. Moins que jamais, nous ne savons où habiter, comment habiter ni avec qui habiter. Habiter, selon la tradition philosophique occidentale, c’est infiniment davantage qu’occuper un lieu, avoir une maison …

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The legacy of deconstructivism “makes me want to retreat to the back of the room” says Bernard Tschumi Tom Ravenscroft | Dezeen, 23 May 2022 Deconstructivism was built on intellectual rigour and a desire for exploration that contemporary architects do not share, says French-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in this exclusive interview as part of our …

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Krzysztof Tyszka-Drozdowski, The failure of May 1968, Unherd, May 24, 2022 “What defines our public life today is boredom”. That was a Le Monde front-page headline in March 1968. Two months later, a revolution would erupt that would shake the foundations of the Fifth Republic, divide France, and alter its history forever. […] In June, …

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Peter Salmon, Since Derrida, Aeon, 6 May 2022 A golden generation of French philosophers dismantled truth and other traditional ideas. What next for their successors? […] Ricœur was part of a generation that Hélène Cixous, one of its members, called ‘the incorruptibles’. Their numbers included such thinkers as Cixous, Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Jean Luc-Nancy, …

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Philip Mirowski, The Death of Neoliberalism Has Been Greatly Exaggerated. Jacobin. 04.27.2022 Despite predictions of its demise, the neoliberal power bloc of think tanks and lobby groups is still deeply entrenched and pushing into new territory, from health care to space exploration. Neoliberalism won’t be over until the Left can challenge that power. It is …

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Bonnie Evans, Beyond neurodiversity: The dangers of ‘reducing diversity to brain-based distinctions’ Genetic Literacy Project, March 30, 2022 The concept of ‘neurodiversity’ has gained enormous cultural influence in recent years. Computer scientists and ‘techies’ wear the ‘neurodiverse’ label with pride; businesses are building ‘neurodiverse’ workforces; scriptwriters strive to represent and cast ‘neurodivergent’ people. Those framed …

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Lisa Duggan, Ayn Rand and the Cruel Heart of Neoliberalism, Dissent Magazine, May 20, 2019 Excerpted from Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed by Lisa Duggan, published by the University of California Press. © 2019 by the Regents of the University of California.) […] Neoliberal influence has been culturally deep as well as geographically …

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Eric Sergent, Les cimetières sont aussi des lieux de vie, The Conversation, October 22, 2021 S’il est évidemment le lieu où l’on inhume les morts, le cimetière est aussi un espace fort ambigu, que chacun investit de significations diverses, sans parvenir toujours à les formuler clairement. En témoignent les mots d’Edmond Texier qui, dans son …

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Goran Gaber, Small Words, Big Consequences. On Michel Foucault’s Genealogy of the Critical Attitude, The Philosophical Salon, 8 November 2021 Michel Foucault has been called many things, from a young conservative to a faux radical, from a neo-liberal to an infantile leftist. Whatever the hermeneutical value of these epithets may be, there is a term …

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Steven Ogden, Political Theology as Transformative Opposition, Political Theology network, October 7, 2021 The idea of opposition then is not about establishing a negative position for its own sake. Instead, to embody opposition here is to draw a line, and this line constitutes a limit-experience. It as if to say, ‘enough is enough.’ So, this …

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