Foucault News

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

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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Editor: UK Politician Liz Truss’s comments unexpectedly led to Foucault trending on twitter in the UK. Liz Truss doesn’t know about Foucault, but she also doesn’t care Charlotte Lydia Riley, The Guardian, 19 December 2020 Ironically, rightwing politicians have invented a zombie ‘postmodernism’ that cannot be killed by facts Academics in the UK have been …

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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…