See also this post for Hardt’s published work around this topic.
Nick Levine, ‘Hardt waxes theoretical on revolution’, Yale Daily News, Tuesday, October 26, 2010
First couple of paragraphs from report. See here for rest of article
Marxist political and literary theorist Michael Hardt came to Yale Monday to spark revolution — not with petitions or protests, but with the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault.
Chair of the literature department at Duke University, Hardt was invited by the Department of Comparative Literature to give a talk entitled “Militancy Beyond Critique: Foucault Reads Kant” in Linsly-Chittenden Hall. Hardt said critique has been a prominent project for students of philosophy, literature and sociology since the 1960s. But he added that many scholars now think critique — which was intended to “reveal hierarchies of power in what was presumed to be neutral and natural” to society — has failed to improve society; however, during his talk, Hardt said he could not provide examples of how Foucault’s theory of “militant” social change would work in the real world.
Note by Clare: I was rather appalled by this observation at the end of the piece.
Three of four graduate students declined to comment about the talk. Two said they could not comment because they did not want to harm their job prospects.
Hardt’s ideas, even from the somewhat ambivalent account provided by this article, didn’t appear to be unduly incendiary. So much for ‘militant truth telling’, to use Hardt’s own term, in the academy today.