Foucault News

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

Matt McManus, Marx vs Foucault: Reflections on History and Power, Aero, August 29, 2019 Karl Marx and Michel Foucault are two of the most cited critical theorists in the world today, simultaneously revered or reviled, depending on who you talk to. Their work has been subjected to countless appraisals and debunkings and has met with …

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Megan N. Fontenot, A Weapon With a Will of Its Own: How Tolkien Wrote the One Ring as a Character, Tor.Com, Science fiction. Fantasy. The universe. And related subjects, Jan 1, 2020 In September 1963, Tolkien drafted yet another of a number of letters responding to questions about Frodo’s “failure” at the Cracks of Doom. …

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David Langwallner, Public Intellectual Series: Michel Foucault, Cassandra Voices, December 7 2019 […] Alone among Post-Modernists, Foucault’s methodology was empiricist and historicist. Rather than relying on incomprehensible prose and bizarre generalisations he adopted inductive reasoning. As an historian of ideas, we don’t simply find him inventing absurd abstractions, but analysing real existing data. […] For …

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Gordon Hull, On the Authorship of Law: Copyright, Foucault, and Hobbes, New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science, 12 Nivember 2019 There is an interesting copyright case before the Supreme Court this term, Georgia v. Public Resource.org. It is settled law that official edicts of the government – statutory texts, judicial opinions, agency rules – are not copyrightable. More …

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Guillaume Le Blanc, Why read Foucault’s Confessions of the Flesh today? (french version), Critique 13/13, Seminars at Columbia, Nov 30 2019 Que pouvons-nous trouver dans un texte sur la sexualité chrétienne qui aurait dû paraître en 1982 voire en 1984 et qui finalement ne le sera qu’en 2018 ? Étrange situation puisque nous lisons ce livre …

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Francesco Bellusci, Michel Foucault: “Cosa importa chi parla?” Doppiozero, 15 Ottobre 2019 Doppiozero is a cultural magazine, with editions in Italian and English , and a publishing house, online since February 14, 2011. More than 900 writers, critics, journalists, researchers, scholars of different disciplines collaborate in doppiozero, in an ecosystem that brings together renowned intellectuals, young authors and …

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William B. Ashworth, Jr, Scientist of the Day – Michel Foucault, Linda Hall Library, October 15 2019 Editor: The Linda Hall library is an independent research library located in Kansas devoted to science, engineering, and technology. This short tribute to Foucault’s work on science in The Order of Things, was published on his birthday October …

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Michael Clarke, Governmentality and the politics of exclusion in Xinjiang, East Asia Forum: Economics, Politics and Public Policy in East Asia and the Pacific China is undertaking a program of mass incarceration of the Uyghur population in its far north-western province of Xinjiang (East Turkestan to Uyghurs) in a system of region-wide detention in re-education …

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Gordon Hull, Lessons from Agre on Privacy as Capture (Part 2): Can Foucault Get Past Panopticism?, New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science, 5 August 2019 A couple of weeks ago, I noted my newly discovered appreciation for Philip Agre’s “Surveillance and Capture” and outlined why I think his development of capture (and retreat from surveillance) is particularly …

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