Foucault News

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

Originally posted on affecognitive:
Yesterday I finished year 1969 in Dits et Écrits v. 1, the chronological collection of Foucault’s writings. The year’s set of writings almost literally ends with an analogy between the method of Foucault and that of his former teacher, Merleau-Ponty. Recall that 1969 is the year Archaeology of Knowledge is published. It…

Originally posted on affecognitive:
“We are condemned to sense,” Maurice Merleau-Ponty writes in his Preface to Phenomenology of Perception (Landes translation, lxxxiv). The statement concludes a paragraph not on our bodily schema or our being toward the world (être à monde) but on history, or the relation of (natural) perception to (social) history. He ends the…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
Term 1 is when I do most of my teaching, but I’ve been doing a little bit of work on my The Early Foucault manuscript most days. I’ve mainly been reworking the organisation of the second half of the text. Chapter 6 discusses the writing of History of Madness, mainly in Uppsala;…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
Many thanks to all who commented on Twitter and Facebook on yesterday’s photo – especially Alistair Leadbetter and Rangel Luis Manuel. FRANCE – FEBRUARY 23: Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes and Pierre Boulez in Paris, France on February 23, 1978. (Photo by Gilbert UZAN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) From left to right,…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
Kathryn Medien, ‘Foucault in Tunisia: The encounter with intolerable power‘, The Sociological Review, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026119870107 (requires subscription) In September 1966, 10 years after Tunisia officially gained independence from French colonial rule, Michel Foucault took up a three-year secondment, teaching philosophy at the University of Tunis. This article offers an account…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
Since the last update, and a short holiday in Wales, I’ve been systematically going through each of the previously drafted chapters, and doing a bit of reorganization. I’ve also worked through all the issues of Le Magazine Littéraire which have theme sections on Foucault, many of which are revealing sources of…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
Michel Foucault, Folie, Langage, Litterature, edited by Henri-Paul Fruchaud, Daniele Lorenzini and Judith Revel, Vrin, September 2019 The latest collection of pieces from the archive, with an introduction by Judith Revel. La folie, le langage et la littérature ont longtemps occupé une place centrale dans la pensée de Michel Foucault.…