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Joyce-cover150Michael Joyce, Foucault, in Winter, in the Linnaeus Garden, Starcherone Books, 2015

Publisher’s site.
Extract from the book on The Brooklyn Rail

See also a book trailer narrated by the author at the end of this post.

Michel Foucault famously wrote, “I am fully aware that I have never written anything other than fictions.” In this polylingual, operatic fantasy comprised of invented letters, most of them unsent, set in Sweden during February 1956 while Foucault was undergoing a Swedish winter, the philosopher finds himself not just researching, but living through, his work to come, Madness and Civilization.

“A lovely book, it gives us another approach to a real human being whose face drawn in sand has resisted his biographers as much as his body of work has resisted all conventional critical attempts at constructing a Bildungsroman, something that is just the opposite of what Joyce is doing here.” – Brian Lennon, author of In Babel’s Shadows

“Michel Foucault, demythologizer of reason and man, in an ecstatic mode, his erotic longings so blighted that lyricism has overcome him—I would call it unimaginable if Michael Joyce hadn’t imagined it. And the object of this compulsion, a debased angel whose French kiss, even in dead letters, mingles the tongues of Europe in one mouth. Foucault, in Winter, in the Linnaeus Garden is simply an achievement.” – R. M. Berry

“A winter’s dream of a novel, original and affecting. Foucault’s superbly imagined voice sings of love and madness and death and a boundless need to get at the root of that confounding species called homo sapiens. The liminal, polylingual prose is a tour-de-force, the erudition dazzles, the final snowlight at nightfall will haunt you.” – Paul Russell, author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov

“Joyce is part of a revolution in narrative form.”
– Newsweek

“Dawn it is, to be sure. The granddaddy of full-length hypertext fiction is Michael Joyce’s landmark Afternoon
– Robert Coover, The New York Times Book Review


Michael Joyce talks about his new novel from Starcherone Books. The novel is a polylingual, operatic fantasy comprised of invented letters, most of them unsent, set in Sweden during February 1956 while Foucault was undergoing a Swedish winter and in which the philosopher finds himself not just researching, but living through, his work to come, Madness and Civilization.

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Serge Audier, Penser le « néolibéralisme ». Le moment néolibéral, Foucault, et la crise du socialisme, Lormont, Le Bord de l’eau, coll. « Documents », 2015, 570 p., ISBN : 9782356874030.


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Qu’est-ce vraiment que le néolibéralisme ? Et comment en sortir ?

Pour répondre à ces questions, il peut être utile d’élucider d’abord le sens du basculement néolibéral que le monde a connu depuis la fin des années 1970.

Il se trouve que c’est précisément durant cette période, en 1979, que Michel Foucault devait prononcer au Collège de France quelques leçons sur le néolibéralisme appelées à connaître bien plus tard un succès fulgurant. Depuis, un flot ininterrompu de publications ne cesse de célébrer en Foucault le grand prophète du néolibéralisme.

Pour beaucoup, tout a été déjà dit sur l’essence de la « rationalité néolibérale » dans ces leçons géniales qui ont parfaitement su anticiper notre monde, celui de la mise en concurrence de tous contre tous et d’une nouvelle conception de l’individu comme entreprise.

Pourtant, des doutes subsistent. Est-on si sûr que Foucault voyait la société néolibérale comme un cauchemar dont il fallait sortir d’urgence ? Sa relation au libéralisme et au néolibéralisme n’était-elle pas autrement complexe, alors qu’il multipliait à la même époque les critiques contre le marxisme et le socialisme ? Il se pourrait que sa pensée sur le sujet soit plus subtile – ou troublante – qu’on ne l’imagine généralement.

Ce livre, qui dresse un tableau des transformations de la vie intellectuelle française de la fin des années 1970, affronte la fausse transparence de ces cours en vérité ambigus et énigmatiques, pour reprendre les interrogations stimulantes de Foucault. Car même si l’on ne partage pas ses réponses présumées, les questions qu’il a posées restent essentielles dans le moment que nous vivons : qu’est-ce que le néolibéralisme ? Le socialisme survivra-t-il à son assaut, ou doit-il se réinventer entièrement ?

Serge Audier
Serge Audier, philosophe, est maître de conférences à l’Université-Paris Sorbonne. Il a notamment publié Machiavel, conflit et liberté (Vrin/EHESS), La pensée anti-68 (La Découverte), Aux origines du « néo-libéralisme ». Le Colloque Lippmann (Le Bord de l’eau) et Néo-libéralisme(s). Une archéologie intellectuelle (Grasset). La pensée solidariste. Aux sources du modèle social républicain [livre]

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ed-loyolaMonica Loyola STIVAL, Política e moral em Foucault: entre a crítica e o nominalismo, Edições Loyola, 2015

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Sinopse
A polêmica recente em torno da posição de Foucault sobre o liberalismo testemunha a dificuldade em analisar a dimensão política de seu trabalho. Este livro estabelece uma leitura crítica da questão política, marcando posição nesse debate.
No entanto, ele não se ocupa apenas disso. A autora se debruça, mais amplamente, sobre os pressupostos metodológicos e epistemológicos de Foucault. Ao enfatizar determinado impasse entre método e pressuposto, o livro lança luz sobre os limites do sujeito moral moderno e da política – ou da não política – que emergem da monumental obra de Michel Foucault.

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golder1 Ben Golder, Foucault and the Politics of Rights. Stanford University Press, forthcoming in October

This book focuses on Michel Foucault’s late work on rights in order to address broader questions about the politics of rights in the contemporary era. As several commentators have observed, something quite remarkable happens in this late work. In his early career, Foucault had been a great critic of the liberal discourse of rights. Suddenly, from about 1976 onward, he makes increasing appeals to rights in his philosophical writings, political statements, interviews, and journalism. He not only defends their importance; he argues for rights new and as-yet-unrecognized. Does Foucault simply revise his former positions and endorse a liberal politics of rights? Ben Golder proposes an answer to this puzzle, which is that Foucault approaches rights in a spirit of creative and critical appropriation. He uses rights strategically for a range of political purposes that cannot be reduced to a simple endorsement of political liberalism. Golder develops this interpretation of Foucault’s work while analyzing its shortcomings and relating it to the approaches taken by a series of current thinkers also engaged in considering the place of rights in contemporary politics, including Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Jacques Rancière.

About the author
Ben Golder is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

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Foucault against Himself (2015)

FoucaultAgainstHimselfFoucault against Himself
By (author) Francois Caillat
Translated by David Homel

Arsenal Pulp Press

Price: $17.95 CAD $17.95 USD
ISBN: 9781551526027
EPUB ISBN: 9781551526034 (check your favourite retailer)
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A thought-provoking collection of essays on Michel Foucault that reframes his legacy.

In his private life, as well as in his work and political attitudes, Michel Foucault often stood in contradiction to himself, especially when his expansive ideas collided with the institutions in which he worked. In Francois Caillat’s provocative collection of essays and interviews based on his French documentary of the same name, leading contemporary critics and philosophers reframe Foucault’s legacy in an effort to build new ways of thinking about his struggle against society’s mechanisms of domination, demonstrating how conflict within the self lies at the heart of Foucault’s life and work.

Includes a foreword written especially for this edition by Paul Rabinow, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California (Berkeley) and an influential writer on the works of Foucault; he is the co-editor of The Essential Foucault.

Foucault against Himself features essays and interviews by

Leo Bersani, American Professor Emeritus of French at the University of California (Berkeley) and the author of Homos

Georges Didi-Huberman, French philosopher and art historian; his most recent book is Gerhard Richter: Pictures/Series

Arlette Farge, French historian and the author of The Allure of the Archives

Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, French philosopher and the author of La derniere lecon de Michel Foucault

 

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SÉMINAIRE FOUCAULT
Animé par Jean-François Braunstein et Daniele Lorenzini

Samedi 18 avril 2015, 10h30 – 12h30

Judith REVEL (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre)
“Foucault avec Merleau-Ponty : une ontologie politique”

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
UFR de philosophie
17 rue de la Sorbonne, Escalier C, 1er étage droite, salle Lalande

JudithPres

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brownWendy Brown, Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution, Zone Books, 2015

Political Science | Philosophy
$29.95 | £20.05 cloth 978-1-935408-53-6
296 pp. | 6 x 8
Available January 2015
Zone books
Also available from MIT Press

Neoliberal rationality — ubiquitous today in statecraft and the workplace, in jurisprudence, education, and culture — remakes everything and everyone in the image of homo oeconomicus. What happens when this rationality transposes the constituent elements of democracy into an economic register? In vivid detail, Wendy Brown explains how democracy itself is imperiled. The demos disintegrates into bits of human capital; concerns with justice cede to the mandates of growth rates, credit ratings, and investment climates; liberty submits to the imperative of human capital appreciation; equality dissolves into market competition; and popular sovereignty grows incoherent. Liberal democratic practices may not survive these transformations. Radical democratic dreams may not either.

In an original and compelling theoretical argument, Brown explains how and why neoliberal reason undoes the political form and political imaginary it falsely promises to secure and reinvigorate. Through meticulous analyses of neoliberalized law, political practices, governance, and education, she charts the new common sense. Undoing the Demos makes clear that, far from being the lodestar of the twenty-first century, a future for democracy depends upon it becoming an object of struggle and rethinking.

“Wendy Brown’s new book, Undoing the Demos, is a clarion call to democratic action. In close conversation with Michel Foucault’s 1979 lectures on The Birth of Biopolitics, Brown brilliantly explores how the rationality of neoliberalism is hollowing out the modern subject and, with it, our contemporary liberal democracies. Delving deep into the logic of neoliberalism and widely across the spectrum of neoliberal practices, from benchmarking to higher education policy, Brown offers a compelling new dimension to the critical work on neoliberalism. It is necessary reading today — powerful and haunting.”  — Bernard E. Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia University and Directeur d’études, École des hautes études en sciences sociales

“With this passionately incisive critique of neoliberal (ir)rationality, Wendy Brown delineates the political stakes of the present. Tracing its antipolitical and antidemocratic impulses, she challenges us to defend and extend the possibilities of a popular politics that makes the promises of democracy come true.”  — John Clarke, Professor Emeritus of Social Policy, The Open University

“This is a book for the age of resistance, for the occupiers of the squares, for the generation of Occupy Wall Street. The premier radical political philosopher of our time offers a devastating critique of the way neoliberalism has hollowed out democracy. But the victory of homo oeconomicus over homo politicus is not irreversible. Wendy Brown has little time for ‘left melancholy.’ Hers is a call to arms for the defense of the enlightenment principles of freedom, equality, and solidarity and for reimagining and deepening democracy. After reading Brown, only bad faith can justify the toleration of neoliberalism.”  — Costas Douzinas, Director of the Birkbeck institute for the Humanities and author of Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis

“Wendy Brown vividly lays bare neoliberalism’s perverse rationality, the ‘economization of everything,’ documenting its corrosive consequences for public institutions, for solidaristic values, and for democracy itself. Essential but unsettling reading, Undoing the Demos is analytically acute and deeply disturbing.”  — Jamie Peck, author of Constructions of Neoliberal Reason

“Brown deepens the conceptual analysis and criticism of neoliberal ideology, now on the point of becoming the dominant way people think about themselves, their lives and their social world. In illuminating detail, she also discusses the real and horrifying social changes taking place partly as a result of the way in which this ideology is being implemented. A major contribution, presenting its arguments with power and clarity, this book helps us understand the world we have increasingly been forced to live in, and to begin the process of thinking about what might be done to revitalize our political imagination and practices.”  — Raymond Geuss, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

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