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clarisMichel Foucault – Freedom and Knowledge
Author(s): Edited by Fons Elders and Lionel Claris
Elders Special Productions BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN 978-90-805600-6-2 NUR 730

You can purchase this book as a paperback and also read the book in an ereader on Fons Elder’s site. An extract can also be found on Lionel Claris’ academia.edu site and you can find a version of Lynne Huffer’s introduction via a link in this earlier post on Foucault news

Contents

1, Preface by Fons Elders

2. Introduction by Lynne Huffer,
What Could Be Otherwise

Notes Introduction

3. Fons Elders’ response letter to Lynne Huffer

4. Michel Foucault,
Freedom and Knowledge
A first-time published interview by Fons Elders, translated by Lionel Claris

5. Michel Foucault: Retrospective Commentaries
by Fons Elders

Part I –The Interview,
The Question of Paradise

Part II –The Debate:
Human Nature: Justice versus Power
Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault

Part III –Michel Foucault – My Personal View

Notes
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Biography

Here is a link again to the newly rediscovered 1971 Foucault interview on Dutch television referred to in this book.

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pb Didier Deleule and François Guéry (2014) The Productive Body. Translated and introduced by Philip Barnard and Stephen Shapiro. London: Zero Books.

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The Productive Body asks how the human body and its labor have been expropriated and re-engineered through successive stages of capitalism; and how capitalism’s transformation of the body is related to the rise of scientific psychology and social science disciplines complicit with modern regimes of control. In Discipline and Punish, Foucault cited Guéry and Deleule in order to link Marx’s diagnosis of capitalism with his own critique of power/knowledge. The Productive Body brings together Marxism and theories of the body-machine for the goal of political revolution.

REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

Very interesting analysis… The technological mutations of the apparatus of production, the division of labour and the elaboration of the disciplinary techniques sustained an ensemble of very close relations (cf. Marx, Capital, vol. i, chapter XIII and the very interesting analysis in Guerry and Deleule). Each makes the other possible and necessary; each provides a model for the other. ~ Michel Foucault

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Usages de Foucault (2014)

oulchen Hervé Oulc’hen (dir.), Usages de Foucault, Paris, PUF, coll. « Pratiques théoriques », 2014, 406 p., avant-propos de Guillaume le Blanc, ISBN : 978-2-13-062110-2.

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Compte rendu de Alexandre Klein

Sommaire
L’oeuvre de Foucault est toute entière traversée par la question théorique et pratique des usages. Question de méthode, d’abord : Foucault fait usage de l’archive à des fins de mise en intelligibilité du présent. Question thématique, ensuite : Foucault s’interroge sur la manière dont les individus font usage des normes qui les régissent dans un contexte historique donné. Question critique, enfin : le primat alloué à l’usage définit l’intellectuel non plus comme le détenteur d’un savoir réservé en position régalienne, mais comme un usager et un utilisateur des savoirs.

Lire Foucault aujourd’hui suppose de se saisir à nouveaux frais de ces dimensions multiples du motif de l’usage, ce qui implique de conjuguer la rigueur du commentateur et la liberté de l’utilisateur. Les contributions réunies dans le présent ouvrage donnent une vue d’ensemble des différents usages qu’il est possible de faire de Foucault aujourd’hui : tantôt en creusant des problèmes qu’il nous a légués et qui sont encore les nôtres (l’articulation du mental et du carcéral, la gouvernementalité, les régimes de vérité, la biopolitique), tantôt en mettant ses thèses à l’épreuve d’autres terrains, explorés notamment par les sciences sociales.

Avec les contributions de Philippe Artières, Thomas Benatouïl, Karine Bocquet, François Dubet, Emmanuel Gripay, Bruno Karsenti, Frédéric Keck, Hélène L’Heuillet, Didier Lapeyronnie, Christian Laval, Guillaume Le Blanc, Éric Macé, Todd Meyers, Maria Muhle, Hervé Oulc’hen, Luca Paltrinieri, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Sandrine Rui, Philippe Sabot, Michel Senellart, Shigeru Taga, Ferhat Taylan et Jean Terrel.

Hervé Oulc’hen (dir.) est agrégé de philosophie et enseigne en lycée. Actuellement doctorant et membre de l’équipe SPH à l’université de Bordeaux 3, il prépare une thèse intitulée “L’intelligibilité de la pratique : Entre Foucault et Sartre”. Il a publié plusieurs articles consacrés à Foucault, Sartre et Bourdieu.

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binkleySam Binkley, Happiness as Enterprise: An Essay on Neoliberal Life, SUNY Press, 2014.

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Summary
Examines the contemporary discourse on happiness through the lens of governmentality theory.

Recent decades have seen an explosion of interest in the phenomenon of happiness, as evidenced by self-help books, talk shows, spiritual mentoring, business management, and relationship counseling. At the center of this development is the expanding influence of “positive psychology,” which places the concern with happiness in a new position of professional respectability, while opening it to institutional applications. In settings as diverse as college education, business, military training, family, and financial planning, happiness has appeared as the object of a new technology of emotional self-optimization. As such, happiness has come to define a new mentality of self-government—or a “governmentality” as the concept is developed in the work of Michel Foucault—one that Sam Binkley demonstrates is aligned closely with economic neoliberalism. Happiness as Enterprise blends theoretical argumentation and empirical description in an engaging and accessible analysis that brings governmentality theory into contact with sociological theories of practice and temporality, particularly in the work of Pierre Bourdieu. This book invites readers not only to consider the new discourse on happiness for its relation to contemporary formations of power, but to rethink many of the assumptions of governmentality theory in a manner sensitive to the mundane practices and everyday agencies of government, and the unique and specific temporalities these practices imply.

Sam Binkley is Associate Professor of Sociology at Emerson College. He is the author of Getting Loose: Lifestyle Consumption in the 1970s and the coeditor (with Jorge Capetillo-Ponce) of A Foucault for the 21st Century: Governmentality, Biopolitics, and Discipline in the New Millennium.

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intolerables Intolérable
Textes réunis par le Groupe d’Information sur les prisons, présentés par Philippe Artières

Chronologie et postface de Philippe Artières
Collection Verticales, Gallimard
Parution : 19-04-2013

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Ce volume contient
En février 1971, des intellectuels dont Michel Foucault, Daniel Defert, Jean-Marie Domenach, Pierre Vidal-Naquet et Gilles Deleuze fondent le Groupe d’Information sur les Prisons pour s’attaquer aux «barreaux du silence». Deux années durant, le GIP a su rassembler magistrats, journalistes, médecins, travailleurs sociaux, détenus, ex-détenus et leurs proches autour d’une volonté commune : «faire savoir la prison» et pratiquer à cette fin une intolérance active envers l’intolérable.
Cinq brochures ont paru, fruit d’enquêtes militantes, relayant la parole des détenus, sans filtre, dans sa brutalité et son intensité. S’y succèdent réponses à des questionnaires, correspondances, cahiers de revendications de mutins, entretiens avec un Black Panther incarcéré… Autant de documents qui permettent à ces invisibles de sortir de l’ombre, de s’inventer comme force politique.
Pour replacer cette expérience collective d’exception dans son contexte socio-politique, l’ouvrage comporte une chronologie détaillée des années GIP conçue par Philippe Artières.

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Fejes, A. & Dahlstedt, M. (2014) The confessing society: Foucault, confession and practices of lifelong learning. London: Routledge. Paperback version. Originally published in 2012

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PDF flyer with 20% discount

“I highly appreciate the quality of Fejes’ and Dahlstedt’s research and writing. They manage to present in a comprehensible way some essential concepts of Foucault that help us to understand better what practices of lifelong learning, in a broad sense, are emerging nowadays in advanced liberal societies. In doing so, they contribute to the renewal of critical thinking in education. They convince me that such renewal is important and necessary… and I think both theoreticians and practitioners of lifelong learning will equally recognize and value this analysis, particularly also, because they present a good mix of theory and practice.” -Professor Danny Wildemeersch

Today, people are constantly encouraged to verbalise and disclose their “true” inner self to others, whether on TV shows, in newspapers, in family life or together with friends. Such encouragement to disclose the self has proliferated through discourses on lifelong learning through which each citizen is encouraged to become a constant learner. The Confessing Society takes a critical stance towards the modern relentless will to disclose the self and argues that society has become a confessing society. Drawing on Foucault’s later work on confession and governmentality, this bookcarefully analyses how confession operates within practices of lifelong learning as a way to shape activated and responsible citizens and provides examples of how it might be possible to traverse the confessional truth of the present time. Chapters include:

  • Reflection and Reflective Practices
  • Deliberation and Therapeutic Intervention
  • Lifelong Guidance
  • Medialised Parenting

This controversial book is international in its scope and pursues current debates regarding trans-national policy and to research discussions on education, lifelong learning and governance, and it will provoke lively debate amongst educational practitioners, academics, postgraduate and research students in education and lifelong learning in Europe, North America and Australasia.

Stephen Brookfield, Review of: The Confessing Society: Foucault, Confession and Practices of Lifelong Learning, Studies in the education of adults, 2013, 45(1), 105-107

In the terms in which it sets for itself – explicating a technology of confessional practices embedded in lifelong learning – the book is undoubtedly successful. Fejes and Dahlstedt deal with provocative and complex ideas and render them accessible, often by providing apposite examples. This is no mean feat. Foucault is opaque at times, maddeningly contradictory at others, and, as I know from asking students to read him, he can be intimidating. The Confessing Society is an excellent introduction to one major strand of Foucault’s thinking, and its practicality and clarity will be appreciated…Adult education students, and practitioners in the field, would benefit enormously from reading such a clear exposition of Foucault’s ideas, and I shall certainly be using it in my own postgraduate seminars.

Danny Wildemeersch, ‘Review’ International journal of lifelong education, 2014, forthcoming
The readers of this book review probably have by now noticed that I highly appreciate the quality of Fejes’ and Dahlstedt’s research and writing. They manage to present in a comprehensible way some essential concepts of Foucault that help us to understand better what practices of lifelong learning, in a broad sense, are emerging nowadays in advanced liberal societies. In doing so, they contribute to the renewal of critical thinking in education. They convince me that such renewal is important and necessary, since the older forms of critical thinking in the tradition of the Frankfurt school do no longer address well enough the transformations that have taken place in neo-liberal societies in the past decades….I think both theoreticians and practitioners of lifelong learning will equally recognize and value this analysis, particularly also, because they present a good mix of theory and practice.

Liselott Aarsand, ‘Review’ European Journal for Research on the Education and learning of Adults, Pre-published

I really enjoyed the book. It is definitely a timely contribution to the field of adult learning and education. First, the analysis of various lifelong learning practices through the lens of confession is compelling. Second, the use of different empirical material promoting multiple rather than uniform readings is inspiring. Third, the emerging picture of how learning has become a vital part of the various examined sites is valuable. Fourth, the finding of how several practices, spread from formal to informal, in fact seem to consolidate what appears to be a hegemonic, unquestionable truth is important…Indeed, the critical ambition is also addressed and hopefully encourages educators, counsellors and other professional groups to pursue further discussions on how to stage lifelong learning…I recommend it – not just for readers concerned with lifelong learning, but also anyone interested in critical analysis of adult everyday practices.

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hoffman Marcelo Hoffman Foucault and Power: The Influence of Political Engagement on Theories of Power, Bloomsbury, 2013

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About Foucault and Power
Michel Foucault is one of the most preeminent theorists of power, yet the relationship between his militant activities and his analysis of power remains unclear. The book explores this relationship to explain the development of Foucault’s thinking about power.

Using newly translated and unpublished materials, it examines what led Foucault to take on the question of power in the early 1970s and subsequently refine his thinking, working through different models (war and government) and modalities (disciplinary, biopolitical and governmental). Looking at Foucault’s political trajectory, from his immersion in the prisoner support movement to his engagements with the Iranian revolution and Solidarity in Poland, the book shows the militant underpinning of his interest in the question of power and its various shifts and mutations.

This thorough account, which includes the first translation of a report edited by Foucault on prison conditions, will provide students in contemporary political theory with a better understanding of Foucault’s thinking about power and of the interplay between political activities and theoretical productions.

Table Of Contents
1. Foucault: Militant Analyst of Power
2. Foucault, the Prisoner Support Movement and Disciplinary Power
3. Beyond the Bellicose Model of Power?
4. People Versus Population: Foucault on the Iranian Revolution
5. Foucault, Poland and Parrhesia
6. Conclusion
Appendix: Investigation in 20 Prisons by the Information Group on Prisons

Reviews

“This is the kind of reading and appraisal of Foucault’s thinking on power I have long waited for. It strikes a stark contrast with the overwhelmingly depoliticized engagements which have dominated the Anglo-American reception of his thought. For here, finally, and substantially, we read an author taking Foucault’s militancy seriously, and contextualizing it brilliantly, within the larger problems of his analyses and theories of biopower and population, to produce an account of how Foucault helps us to think beyond the biopolitical subject of liberal modernity. Hoffman has done Foucault a great service in writing this book.” – Julian Reid, Professor of International Relations, University of Lapland, Finland and author of The Biopolitics of the War on Terror.

“A powerful reinterpretation of Foucault’s work and his political activism. It contains the best account in English of his work with the Group for Information on Prisons, and pairs an analysis of his well-known writings on Iran with his neglected writings and actions in relation to Poland at the time of Solidarity and martial law. The integration of these engagements with his published works and lecture courses sheds new light on many of his concerns.” – Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Theory and Geography, University of Warwick, UK, and editor of the journal of Society and Space

Source: Stuart Elden’s Progressive geographies blog

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campbellTimothy Campbell, Adam Sitze (eds.), Biopolitics: A Reader, Duke University Press, 2013


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Description

This anthology collects the texts that defined the concept of biopolitics, which has become so significant throughout the humanities and social sciences today. The far-reaching influence of the biopolitical—the relation of politics to life, or the state to the body—is not surprising given its centrality to matters such as healthcare, abortion, immigration, and the global distribution of essential medicines and medical technologies.

Michel Foucault gave new and unprecedented meaning to the term “biopolitics” in his 1976 essay “Right of Death and Power over Life.” In this anthology, that touchstone piece is followed by essays in which biopolitics is implicitly anticipated as a problem by Hannah Arendt and later altered, critiqued, deconstructed, and refined by major political and social theorists who explicitly engaged with Foucault’s ideas. By focusing on the concept of biopolitics, rather than applying it to specific events and phenomena, this Reader provides an enduring framework for assessing the central problematics of modern political thought.

Contributors. Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, Alain Badiou, Timothy Campbell, Gilles Deleuze, Roberto Esposito, Michel Foucault, Donna Haraway, Michael Hardt, Achille Mbembe, Warren Montag, Antonio Negri, Jacques Rancière, Adam Sitze, Peter Sloterdijk, Paolo Virno, Slavoj Žižek

Table of contents
Introduction. Biopolitics: An Encounter / Timothy Campbell and Adam Sitze 1
1. Right of Death and Power over Life / Michel Foucault 41
2. “Society Must Be Defended,” Lecture at the Collége de France, March 17, 1976 / Michel Foucault 61
3. The Perplexities of the Rights of Man / Hannah Arendt 82
4. Selections from The Human Condition / Hannah Arendt 98
5. Introduction to Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life / Giorgio Agamben 134
6. The Politicization of Life / Giorgio Agamben 145
7. Biopolitics and the Rights of Man / Giorgio Agamben 152
8. Necropolitics / Achille Mbembe 161
9. Necro-economics: Adam Smith and Death in the Life of the Universal / Warren Montag 193
10. Biopolitical Production / Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri 215
11. Biopolitics as Event / Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri 237
12. Labor, Action, Intellect / Paolo Virno 245
13. An Equivocal Concept: Biopolitics / Paolo Virno 269
14. The Biopolitics of Postmodern Bodies: Constitutions of Self in Immune System Discourse / Donna Haraway 274
15. The Immunological Transformation: On the Way to Thin-Walled “Societies” / Peter Sloterdijk 310
16. Biopolitics / Roberto Esposito 317
17. The Enigma of Biopolitics / Roberto Esposito 350
18. The Difficult Legacy of Michel Foucault / Jacques Rancière 386
19. From Politics to Biopolitics . . . and Back / Slavoj Zizek 391
20. What Is It to Live? / Alain Badiou 412
21. Immanence: A Life / Gilles Deleuze 421

With thanks to the Critical Theory blog for this item

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howarth David R. Howarth, Poststructuralism and After: Structure, Subjectivity and Power
Palgrave Macmillan, October 2013

ISBN: 978-1-137-26697-2, ISBN10: 1-137-26697-X

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Poststructuralism and After provides a comprehensive, innovative and lucid account of contemporary poststructuralist theory, which probes its limits, explores rival theoretical approaches, and elaborates new concepts and logics. The book distils and articulates the basic philosophical assumptions and theoretical concepts of poststructuralism, but by building upon the work of Derrida, Foucault, Heidegger, Lacan, Laclau, Lévi–Strauss, Marx, Saussure and Žižek it also provides a distinctive version of the poststructuralist project.

The philosophy and theory of poststructuralism is presented through a critical engagement with the central problems of social and political theory. Such problems include the structure/agency dilemma; the problem of social order; the ongoing debates between positivists, interpretivists and realists about the role and character of social science; the relationship between the economy, the state and society; the complexities of identity/difference; and the role of power, domination and ideology. Empirical illustrations and case studies of selected social phenomena further illuminate the theoretical arguments displayed in this book.

David R. Howarth is Reader in Social and Political Theory at the University of Essex, UK. His publications include Discourse, Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory (with Jason Glynos), and The Politics of Airport Expansion in the UK (with Steven Griggs).

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sloterdijk Peter Sloterdijk, Philosophical Temperaments: From Plato to Foucault, Translated by Thomas Dunlap with a foreword by Creston Davis. Columbia University Press, 2013

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Peter Sloterdijk turns his keen eye to the history of western thought, conducting colorful readings of the lives and ideas of the world’s most influential intellectuals. Featuring nineteen vignettes rich in personal characterizations and theoretical analysis, Sloterdijk’s companionable volume casts the development of philosophical thinking not as a buildup of compelling books and arguments but as a lifelong, intimate struggle with intellectual and spiritual movements, filled with as many pitfalls and derailments as transcendent breakthroughs.

Sloterdijk delves into the work and times of Aristotle, Augustine, Bruno, Descartes, Foucault, Fichte, Hegel, Husserl, Kant, Kierkegaard, Leibniz, Marx, Nietzsche, Pascal, Plato, Sartre, Schelling, Schopenhauer, and Wittgenstein. He provocatively juxtaposes Plato against shamanism and Marx against Gnosticism, revealing both the vital external influences shaping these intellectuals’ thought and the excitement and wonder generated by the application of their thinking in the real world. The philosophical “temperament” as conceived by Sloterdijk represents the uniquely creative encounter between the mind and a diverse array of cultures. It marks these philosophers’ singular achievements and the special dynamic at play in philosophy as a whole. Creston Davis’s introduction details Sloterdijk’s own temperament, surveying the celebrated thinker’s intellectual context, rhetorical style, and philosophical persona.

About the Author

Peter Sloterdijk is professor of aesthetics and philosophy at the Institute of Design in Karlsruhe and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His numerous works include The Art of Philosophy: Wisdom as a Practice; Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation; and the best-selling Critique of Cynical Reason.

Thomas Dunlap is also the translator of Wolfgang Benz’s A Concise History of the Third Reich and Michael Stolleis’s A History of Public Law in Germany, 1914–1945.

Creston Davis is professor of philosophy at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities in Skopje, Macedonia.

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