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

The Biopolitics of Covid-19 Seán Brennan on April 2, 2020, Slugger O’Toole (news and opinion blog) […] Increasingly, states will have to choose between the ‘bare life’ theories of Italian theorist Giorgio Agamben or the ‘social care’ theories of French philosopher Michel Foucault. Agamben argues, left to their own devices, states will provide minimal social …

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Originally posted on jewish philosophy place:
Throwing up my hands, re-reading after many years the famous chapter on Panopticism in Foucault’s classic study Discipline and Punish, first published in France in 1975. Readers today, responding to the Coronavirus, have already noted that plague quarantines and other practices of social control start his analysis. But what…

Crying for Repression: Populist and Democratic Biopolitics in Times of COVID-19. by Karsten Schubert • Critical Legal Thinking— Law and the Political —1, April 2020 We live in very Foucauldian times, as the many think-pieces published on biopolitics and COVID-19 show. Yet what is remarkable—biopolitically—about the current situation has gone largely unnoticed: We are witnessing …

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Biopolitics and Coronavirus, or don’t forget Foucault by Felipe Demetri, Naked Punch First Posted: 03-21-20 […] What the coronavirus epidemic shows us is more the strength of Michel Foucault’s explanatory scheme than the current necro-thanatopolitical strain of interpretations. We all know that Foucault saw biopower as a series of events, from theoretical ones to concrete …

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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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Editor: An introductory quotation from Foucault, followed by reflections on the current coronavirus Covid 19 crisis by contemporary thinkers. I have just included the passage from Foucault here. Please follow the link to the journal site for the contemporary debate Coronavirus and philosophers M. Foucault, G. Agamben, J.L. Nancy, R. Esposito, S. Benvenuto, D. Dwivedi, …

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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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Thomas Lemke, Foucault’s Immanent Contradictions, Verso Blog, 22 February 2019 From Habermas to Honneth, critics have been keen to portray Foucault as a paradox-prone thinker. Thomas Lemke argues that we should embrace the recurring contradictions in Foucault’s thought as symptoms rather than inherent problems. This is an excerpt from the introduction to Thomas Lemke’s Foucault’s Analysis …

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