Foucault News

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

Mitchell Dean, What does ‘Left’ mean?, Verso Blog, 13 April 2022 Mitchell Dean responds to the review of his book The Last Man Takes LSD: Foucault and the End of Revolution (co-written with Daniel Zamora) published in the journal Foucault Studies. One is always grateful when a reader has taken the time to review a scholarly work in the …

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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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Shahzada Rahim, Debunking the Sovereignty: From Foucault to Agamben, Modern Diplomacy, October 25, 2021 “Citing the end of Volume I of The History of Sexuality, Agamben notes that for Foucault, the “threshold of modernity” is reached when politics becomes bio-politics—when power exercises control not simply over the bodies of living beings, but, in fact, regulates, …

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Bernard-Henri Lévy, Journal d’Amérique, La Règle du Jeu – Littérature, Philosophie, Politique, Art, novembre 2021 Présentant outre-Atlantique son film «Une autre idée du monde» («The Will to See»), Bernard-Henri Lévy confie ses impressions d’Amérique. Ici, aux États-Unis, mon livre et mon film s’intitulent The Will to See. J’aime cette tonalité nietzschéenne, ou foucaldienne, dans un …

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Gordon Hull, Foucault, Marx and Prophecy Part 3: On Bureaucrats, New Apps, 12 July 2021 In a previous post, I noted that Foucault strongly implies in a 1978 interview that his communist detractors are bureaucrats, and tied that to an earlier interview with Maoists in which he suggests that structuring populist tribunals on the model …

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Federico Soldani, The Lancet’s Editor-in-Chief: “We will be transformed into biopolitical citizens” Psypolitics blog 3 August 2021 Topics that readers of PsyPolitics might already be familiar with such as the concepts of power, for instance as discussed by Michel Foucault, the transformation “from citizens to patients” – formulated for the first time in 2019 – …

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Life Arts 7/3/2021, OEN, OpEdNews Celebrating the Fourth of July 2021 (REVIEW ESSAY) By Thomas Farrell […] Now, in fairness to Foucault, he turns to the nineteenth-century German classicist and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1901) in his inaugural lecture course (see the “Index of Names” [pages 292-293] for specific page references to Nietzsche) – a source …

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Crispin Sartwell, Michel Foucault Switches Sides, Splice Today, 7 June 2021 Neither the left nor the right can deal with an anti-authoritarian. The French philosophe Michel Foucault (1926-1984) is currently up for re-assessment. In The New York Times, Ross Douthat writes that Foucault, usually thought of as a notorious postmodern neo-Marxist leftist relativist, has lately been associated with the Trumpian right. And an essay in The Point surveys the …

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Eric Schliesser, 28 March 1979: Foucault on Locke’s World Historical Conceptual Shift (XXXVII),Digressions & Impressions, 5 January 2021 […] Because most of lecture 11 is a brilliant analysis of the history of criminology and the (sometimes overlapping) significance of Gary Becker’s redefinition of homo oeconomicus, it is easy to miss how Foucault embeds his analysis …

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