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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.


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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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