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Besley, A.C.(Tina)
‘Finding Foucault': orders of discourse and cultures of the self
(2014) Educational Philosophy and Theory, . Article in Press.

Abstract
The idea of finding Foucault first looks at the many influences on Foucault, including his Nietzschean acclamations. It examines Foucault’s critical history of thought, his work on the orders of discourse with his emphasis on being a pluralist: the problem he says that he has set himself is that of the individualization of discourses. Finally, it addresses his work on the culture of the self which became a philosophical and historical question for Foucault later in his life as he investigated the historical form of relations between subjectivity and truth in Western philosophy since Antiquity and how philosophy as an activity taught about the care of the self. The conclusion suggests some ways that students might approach his work as they proceed in finding Foucault and their own selves. © 2014 © 2014 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.

Author Keywords
discourse; Foucault; Nietzsche; Poststructuralism; self; subjectivity

DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2014.945510

FOUCAULT IN ITALIA Testimonianze, ricezioni, attualità

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Karlsen, M.P., Villadsen, K.
Foucault, Maoism, Genealogy: The Influence of Political Militancy in Michel Foucault’s Thought
(2014) New Political Science, . Article in Press.

Abstract
Foucault’s inspiration from Nietzsche in terms of writing critical histories is difficult to overestimate. However, this article advances an interpretation of Foucault’s approach to history which focuses on another, less readily evident, dialogue partner, namely the Marxist tradition and, more precisely, French Maoism. The first part of the article details Foucault’s involvement in the Maoist-inspired activist group, Groupe d’information sur les prisons (GIP). It is argued that Foucault’s practical experience from GIP left crucial marks on his contemporaneous statements on the genealogical method and his critique of “totalizing institutions,” “uniform discourse” and “juridical universality.” The second part of the article offers a close reading of Foucault’s reflections on genealogy in his 1976 lecture series which demonstrates how the Maoist activist principles noticeably resonate in these statements. The aim of the article is threefold. First, to bring attention to largely neglected sources of inspiration for Foucault’s genealogical approach, which complement those represented by Nietzsche. Second, it seeks to obtain a better understanding of Foucault’s relationship to Marxism, a relationship often portrayed as unambiguously negative. And third, the goal is to demonstrate how principles developed in Maoist political activism are not only realized in Foucault’s activities within the GIP, but also in his lecture-hall formulations of genealogy, power, and critique.

DOI: 10.1080/07393148.2014.945251

Update from organisers. Unfortunately this event is now full and there are no more places.

Neoliberalism and Biopolitics Working Group | Foucault and Marx: A Disjunctive Synthesis?
Lecture | December 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker/Performer: Etienne Balibar, Anniversary Chair of Contemporary European Philosophy at Kingston University London and Visiting Professor at Columbia University

Sponsor: The Program in Critical Theory

Étienne Balibar’s lecture revolves around connections and disjunctions between Michel Foucault and Karl Marx, using Foucault’s 1972 Collège de France lectures on La société punitive as an alternative lens for the question of “reproduction” and its relationship to class struggles. Using these thinkers as a starting point for a new confrontation, he also reconsiders the idea of “communism” today.

Etienne Balibar was born in 1942. He graduated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne in Paris, later took his PhD from the University of Nijmegen. After teaching in Algeria and France, he is currently Anniversary Chair of Contemporary European Philosophy at Kingston University London and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York. His books include Reading Capital (with Louis Althusser) (Verso, 1965), Race, Nation, Class. Ambiguous Identities (Verso, 1991, with Immanuel Wallerstein), Masses, Classes, Ideas (Routledge, 1994), The Philosophy of Marx (Verso, 1995), Spinoza and Politics (Verso, 1998), We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (Princeton, 2004), Identity and Difference: John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness (Verso, 2013).

Response by Judith Butler, Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

On December 10, The Program in Critical Theory presents a seminar with Professor Balibar on the new configurations of the “debt economy.” In preparation for the seminar, participants are asked to read Professor’s Balibar article, “Politics of the Debt.”

The Neoliberalism and Biopolitics Working Group and Conference is supported by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, organized by UC Berkeley graduate students William Callison (Political Science) and Zachary Manfredi (Rhetoric), and supervised by The Program in Critical Theory faculty Martin Jay (History) and Wendy Brown (Political Science).

Event Contact: info.cir@berkeley.edu

Originally posted on Scuola di filosofia di Trieste:

Martedì 25 novembre, alle ore 18, presso la libreria Ubik di Trieste (galleria Tergesteo, piazza della Borsa) presenteremo il programma 2015 della Scuola di Filosofia di Trieste.

Il nuovo anno della Scuola di Filosofia è dedicato al tema “Saperi e poteri. Strumenti per un pensiero critico”. I corsi, le conferenze e i laboratori lo affronteranno da una pluralità di prospettive con un particolare riferimento alle ipotesi elaborate da Michel Foucault, ma rivolgendosi soprattutto all’attualità. Quale è l’idea di verità che circola oggi nelle nostre pratiche (dalla scuola alla salute mentale)? Le pratiche del sapere hanno davvero una loro autonomia rispetto alle pratiche del potere?

Il programma della Scuola verrà presentato e discusso da MARIO COLUCCI, RAOUL KIRCHMAYR e PIER ALDO ROVATTI a nome del Laboratorio di Filosofia Contemporanea di Trieste.

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Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:

Graham Burchell has sent me the following comments on the translation of Michel Foucault’s ‘Society Must be Defended’ lecture course. Graham is the translator of all the other Paris lecture courses: this course, the first to appear, was made by David Macey.

societymustbedefended-cover-photoSome notes on the translation of “Il faut défendre la société”; “Society Must Be Defended” (pdf)

Here’s the opening explanation and disclaimer:

  1. The edition of the translation I refer to here is the first, American Picador edition of 2003. I do not know whether any of the mistakes indicated here have been picked up and corrected by other subsequent editions.
  2. These notes are not the result of a systematic check of the translation and indicate only passages where, for one reason or another, I referred back to the French while reading the translation; there may be other mistakes or questionable translation choices.
  3. The passages noted are…

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Taylor, C.
Birth of the Suicidal Subject: Nelly Arcan, Michel Foucault, and Voluntary Death
(2014) Culture, Theory and Critique. Article in Press.

Abstract
Michel Foucault argues that it is not sex but death that is the true taboo in the modern, biopolitical era. The result is that regular death has been privatised and institutionalised, wars are waged in the name of life, capital punishment has become a scandal, and suicide has become a problem for sociological and psychiatric analysis rather than law. In contrast to the dominant view, Foucault portrays suicide not as a mark of pathology but as a form of resistance (tragic or pleasurable) to disciplinary power, and argues for an aestheticisation of voluntary death as part of a beautiful life. Through a reading of the writings of Québecoise author Nelly Arcan, this essay presents but also critiques and expands upon Foucault’s accounts of suicide, exploring the thesis that the pathological model of suicide produces the subjects that it intends to treat.

DOI: 10.1080/14735784.2014.937820

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