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

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
I have three upcoming talks on Shakespeare. The first is the Fourth Denis Cosgrove lecture in the GeoHumanities, to be given at the British Academy on 23 May 2019, 6.30pm. I was asked to speak about the Shakespearean Territories book, and I will say something about that, but I’m also going to…

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Bruno Latour’s Où atterrir?, Mariana Valverde’s study of Michel Foucault, now in paperback, and Ernst Kantorowicz, Oeuvres – which i mainly got for the biography by Alain Boureau. Also in the pile is a second-hand copy of Foucault’s L’ordre du discours – and the Collège de France publication of that lecture. I had no…

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Michel Foucault, Discourse and Truth and Parresia, University of Chicago Press, 2019 edited by Henri-Paul Fruchaud and Daniele Lorenzini, English edition established by Nancy Luxon This volume collects a series of lectures given by the renowned French thinker Michel Foucault late in his career. The book is composed of two…

Which edition of Foucault’s Birth of the Clinic did Alan Sheridan actually translate?

9 March 2019


Progressive Geographies

Foucault’s Naissance de la clinique was published in two editions in his lifetime. The first appeared in 1963 as the first volume in Georges Canguilhem’s ‘Galien’ series with Presses Universitaires de France. The second appeared in the same series in 1972. There are a number of changes between the first and second editions, notably the removal of a lot of the overtly structuralist language, but also some quite large additions.

There have been several reprints of that second edition in the Quadrige series. But unhelpfully, sometime between the 3rd Quadrige edition (1993) and the 9th (2015) the text was reset, and the pagination changed – the preface was incorporated into the main page running order. I’ve made dual references below.

Alan Sheridan’s English translation as The Birth of the Clinic appeared in 1973, shortly after the second edition. But because the structuralist language of the first edition appears…

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David Macey’s biography, The Lives of Michel Foucault has now been republished by Verso, with a new afterword by me. It’s currently available with a 30% discount on the Verso site, with bundled e-book. When he died of an AIDS-related condition in 1984, Michel Foucault had become the most influential French philosopher…

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First edition (in a protective wrap), second edition, current edition and translation I’ve been continuing work on The Early Foucault manuscript, which is coming together quite well. After the Christmas and New Year break, I submitted a book review and chapter on quite different topics. I’m now in Paris, where…

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