Foucault News

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

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 Co-Vid 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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Aaron Hanlon, Postmodernism didn’t cause Trump. It explains him. The Washington Post, 31 August 2018 Postmodern theory may be the most loathed concept ever to have emerged from academia. Developed within literature and philosophy departments in the 1970s, it supposedly told us that facts were debatable, that individual perspectives mattered most, that shared meaning was …

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L’attitude inacceptable de Foucault face à la psychanalyse, Mediapart 24 NOV. 2018 PAR YVON QUINIOU La parution des premiers écrits de Foucault sur la sexualité est l’occasion de critiquer son attitude à l’égard de la psychanalyse, contre une mode qui ne cesse de l’encenser. En réalité, il se sera opposé à elle, lui reprochant de …

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Gordon Hull, Foucault’s “Analytic Philosophy of Politics”, New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science, 02 July 2018 The current issue of Foucault Studies contains the first English translation of a lecture Foucault gave in Japan in 1978.  This “Analytic Philosophy of Politics” is essential reading if you have an interest in the transition between Foucault’s “power” and “ethics” work and/or …

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