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Arun Iyer, Towards an Epistemology of Ruptures The Case of Heidegger and Foucault. Bloomsbury, 2014

See also Review by H.A. Nethery at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

By systematically uncovering and comprehensively examining the epistemological implications of Heidegger’s history of being and Foucault’s archaeology of discursive formations, Towards an Epistemology of Ruptures shows how Heidegger and Foucault significantly expand the notions of knowledge and thought. This is done by tracing their path-breaking responses to the question: What is the object of thought? The book shows how for both thinkers thought is not just the act by which the object is represented in an idea, and knowledge not just a state of the mind of the individual subject corresponding to the object. Each thinker, in his own way, argues that thought is a productive event in which the subject and the object gain their respective identity and knowledge is the opening up of a space in which the subject and object can encounter each other and in which true and false statements about an object become possible. They thereby lay the ground for a new conceptual framework for rethinking the very relationship between knowledge and its object.

Table Of Contents
Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Texts
1. Heidegger’s Reformulation of the Essence of Thought (I): From the Transcendental Power of the Imagination to the Ontological Power of Thought
2. Heidegger’s Reformulation of the Essence of Thought (II): On the Relationship between Thought and Being
3. Heidegger’s Reformulation of the Essence of Knowledge: From Husserl’s Transcendental Idealism to Heidegger’s Historical Ontology
4. Foucault’s Reformulation of the Essence of Thought in The Order of Things
5. Foucault’s Reformulation of the Essence of Knowledge: From Husserlian Phenomenology to Foucauldian Archaeology

“Epistemology as traditionally conceived seeks to determine the nature of knowledge and justification. Its point of departure is Plato’s critique of the relativism of Protagoras, who according to Plato erred by accepting Heraclitus’ construal of being as becoming. Truth, knowledge, and justification must be grounded in timeless entities of some sort. Arun Iyer shows how Heidegger and Foucault reverse this Platonic argument. For them, truth, knowledge, and justification are irreducibly historical. Iyer’s elaboration of their views is subtle, original, and thought-provoking.” –  Andrew Cutrofello, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, USA

“This book makes it clear how one can develop a strictly epistemological approach to thinkers as complex as Husserl, Heidegger, and Foucault, and how one can draw basic consequences from their thoughts for a theory of knowledge that admits of breaks, ruptures, and discontinuously emerging epistemic formations. Moreover, it shows how a historical thinking in philosophy can be elaborated without having recourse to any aprioristic philosophy of history. Finally, it provides a lucid analysis of the historical conditions human knowledge finds itself submitted to. For all of these reasons, it is a highly remarkable contribution to contemporary continental European philosophy.” –  Laszlo Tengelyi, of Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany.

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Alan McKinlay, Philip Taylor Foucault, Governmentality, and Organization: Inside the Factory of the Future, Routledge Research in Employment Relations, 2014

About the Book
This book traces how abstract managerial ideas about maximizing production flexibility and employee freedom were translated into concrete, day-to-day practices at the Motorola plant in East Kilbride, UK. Using eyewitness accounts, the book describes how employees dealt with the increased freedom Motorola promoted amongst its employees, how employees adapted to managerial changes, specifically the elimination of large-scale management, and where the ‘managerless’ system came under strain. This book will be of essential reading for researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates interested in the areas of management studies, human resource management, and organizational studies, among others.

Table of Contents

1. The Will to Empower: Governing the Workplace 2. Working for the Yankee Dollar 3. Greenfield Site, Green Labour? 4. ‘Not just Another Number’: Empowerment, Discipline and Teamworking Freedom 5. Confession, Discipline and Freedom 6. ‘Just Like Any Other Factory’

Alan McKinlay is Professor of Human Resource Management, Newcastle University Business School, UK. He has written extensively about long-run developments in industrial relations and work organization. He has contributed to journals such as Business History and Organization, among others. His most recent edited book is Creative Labour Working in the Creative Industries, with Chris Smith, which has gone into a second edition.

Philip Taylor is Professor of Human Resource Management at Strathclyde University, UK. He is a world-leading expert on management strategy and work organization in call centres. He has written articles for the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations Journal, Human Relations, New Technology, and Work and Employment journals.He was the co-author of The Meaning of Work in the New Economy and co-edited Future of Worker Representation.

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krepsGramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment.Edited by David Kreps, Ashgate, February 2015

Mapping the resonances, dissonances, and linkages between the thought of Gramsci and Foucault to uncover new tools for socio-political and critical analysis for the twenty-first century, this book reassesses the widely-held view that their work is incompatible.

With discussions of Latin American revolutionary politics, indigenous knowledges, technologies of government and the teaching of paediatrics in post-invasion Iraq, complexity theory, medical anthropology and biomedicine, and the role of Islam in the transition to modern society in the Arab world, this interdisciplinary volume presents the latest theoretical research on different facets of these two thinkers’ work, as well as analyses of the specific linkages that exist between them in concrete settings.

A rigorous, comparative exploration of the work of two towering figures of the twenty-first century, Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment will appeal to scholars and students of social and political theory, political sociology, communication and media studies, and contemporary philosophy.

Contents: Foreword: an archaeology of the future, to be excavated by the post-modern prince?, Stephen Gill; Preface; Introduction, David Kreps; The politics of truth: for a different way of life, Alex Demirović; Rethinking the Gramsci-Foucault interface: a cultural political economy interpretation oriented to discourses of competitiveness, Ngai-Ling Sum; Power and resistance: linking Gramsci and Foucault, Marcus Schulzke; Building a Gramsci-Foucault axis of democracy, Jean-Paul Gagnon; Subalternity in and out of time, in and out of history, Sonita Sarker; The passive revolution of spiritual politics: Gramsci and Foucault on modernity, transition and religion, Jelle Versieren and Brecht de Smet; Post-neoliberal regional integration in Latin America: Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA), Efe Can Gürcan and Onur Bakıner; The hegemony of psychology: the practice and teaching of paediatrics in post-invasion Iraq, Heather Brunskell-Evans; The complexity of social systems: could hegemony emerge from the micro-politics of the individual?, David Kreps; Index.

About the Editor: David Kreps is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Director of the Centre for Information Systems, Organisations and Society at the University of Salford, UK. He is the author of Cyborgs: Cyborgism, Performance and Society.

Reviews: ‘This provocative, pluralistic, and wide-ranging volume explores critically and productively convergences, dissonances, and potential synergies between the work of Gramsci and Foucault. Ranging from philosophical reflections through the staging of virtual dialogues to exemplary case studies that demonstrate significant complementarities, this is an important, timely, and unique contribution to rounding out the literature on these two critical intellectuals and political activists.’

Bob Jessop, Lancaster University, UK

‘Foucault and Gramsci is a much better alternative for our times, than the polemically overdetermined formulation Foucault or Gramsci. In reassessing Foucault and Gramsci and their respective legacies conjuncturally, this volume goes a long way in clarifying and elaborating the relationship between macropolitics and micropolitics, between a politics anchored in hegemony and post- and counter-hegemonic practices of resistance and speaking truth to power, between the world as irreducibly local and the world as necessarily global and relational.’

Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, University of California Irvine, USA; author of Edward Said: A Dictionary and History, The Human, and the World Between

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nabliHamdi Nabli, Foucault et Baudrillard: La fin du pouvoir, L’Harmattan, 2015

Foucault, dans son Histoire de la sexualité, esquissa une anthropologie du plaisir dans l’Antiquité gréco-romaine. Ce travail avait constitué un virage, car depuis Mai 68, l’intellectuel avait fait de l’engagement le vecteur des résistances modernes. Dans son Oublier Foucault, Baudrillard reprochait au philosophe de garder intacte l’instance du pouvoir comme grille d’intelligibilité ultime. Dès lors, la façon dont Foucault a orienté sa recherche, en se focalisant sur la subjectivité, l’éthique de soi, l’esthétique de l’existence et le style de vie, ne serait-elle pas une manière de concéder à la critique de Baudrillard une part de vérité ?

ISBN : 978-2-343-05754-5 • 1 juin 2015 • 214 pages

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tremainShelley Tremain, Editor, Foucault and the Government of Disability, University of Michigan, 2015

Enlarged and Revised Edition
An up-to-date edition of a foundational collection

Foucault and the Government of Disability considers the continued relevance of Foucault to disability studies, as well as the growing significance of disability studies to understandings of Foucault. A decade ago, this international collection provocatively responded to Foucault’s call to question what is regarded as natural, inevitable, ethical, and liberating. The book’s contributors draw on Foucault to scrutinize a range of widely endorsed practices and ideas surrounding disability, including rehabilitation, community care, impairment, normality and abnormality, inclusion, prevention, accommodation, and special education. In this revised and expanded edition, four new essays extend and elaborate the lines of inquiry by problematizing (to use Foucault’s term) the epistemological, political, and ethical character of the supercrip, the racialized war on autism, the performativity of intellectual disability, and the potent mixture of neoliberalism and biopolitics in the context of physician-assisted suicide.

“A beautiful exploration of how Foucault’s analytics of power and genealogies of discursive knowledges can open up new avenues for thinking critically about phenomena that many of us take to be inevitable and thus new ways of resisting and possibly at times redirecting the forces that shape our lives. Every scholar, every person with an interest in Foucault or in political theory generally, needs to read this book.”

—Ladelle McWhorter, University of Richmond

“[A]n important, prescient, and necessary contribution…a kind of litmus test for the efficacy of Foucault’s concepts in the study of disability, concepts that lead to a refusal of the biological essentialism implied in the disability/impairment binary.”
Foucault Studies

“Tremain has done an exceptional job at organizing and procuring important, rigorously argued, and entertaining essays…. This book should be a mandatory read for anyone interested in contemporary philosophical debates surrounding the experience of disability.”
Essays in Philosophy

Shelley Tremain holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from York University (Canada), lectures on Foucault at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, and has published widely on philosophy of disability, Foucault, feminist philosophy, and bioethics.

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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.

Further Info

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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