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Originally posted on Stockerblog:

My latest post at the New APPS group blog

Continuing from my last post on ‘Style of Living versus Juridification in Foucault’, there seems to be me to be something to be gained by thinking about Kierkegaard’s ethics here, even if Kierkegaard’s Christianity and Foucault’s aesthetic self seem rather distinct. The emphasis in Foucault on style or aesthetics of life or existence seems to be be already the object of criticism, in Kierkegaard’s account of the aesthetic (as a mode of life rather than with regard to the appreciation of art and beauty). However, Foucault does refer on occasion to the self as acting on itself in Kierkegaard. So Kierkegaard has a particular importance in suggesting that the self is not just an observing consciousness.

Kierkegaard’s attitude to the self , and modes of living, is in some degree structured by an understanding of the relation between individuality and…

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Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:

I’ve made some additions and amendments to the Foucault Resources page on this blog.

Among other things, the two contributions from Graham Burchell are linked; I’ve updated the table of Foucault’s various plans for The History of Sexuality, with a list of his lecture courses and related material; and it also has links to various other bits and pieces, including some short translations of material unavailable elsewhere.

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Originally posted on evoneuro:

Some background: A few weeks ago on Twitter I floated around the idea of writing a semi-regular blog post on my experiences reading Foucault for the first time as a neuroscience grad student/MRI researcher.  There was some interest, so here’s my first write-up on my experiences and reactions to reading Michel Foucault’s History of Madness, as part of Professor Lynne Huffer’s course (WGS 475) here at Emory.

In this first chapter, Foucault is retracing/uncovering/attempting to uncover the basis of Western ideas related to insanity and institutionalization. We learn about the role of the leper, leprosy, and the leper colony in the European middle ages, where infected individuals were isolated and contained outside city walls, providing a sort of delineation between society and these outcasts. How is this related to insanity or madness? Well, Foucault is building a case for the replacement of the leper, as the infection began to…

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The limit experience blog has posted a collection of what they consider to be bad cover photos of books on Foucault. You may wish to differ or add your own examples!

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Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:

FLD 13I spent some more time on the collaborative projects part of Chapter Six – especially on the report Généalogie des équipements de normalisation: Les équipements sanitaires which has some very interesting material. I say a bit more about this here. I also drew together all the information I know about the collaborative projects from this era here – a resource I hope is helpful and for which I’d welcome additions or corrections.

The last thing, at this stage of drafting, I wanted to complete in Chapter Six was the material on Iran. I reread all the material, and ended up feeling I had little to say. The treatment in Afary and Anderson’s Foucault and the Iranian Revolution is very partial, but they do provide a useful appendix of texts by Foucault and some of his critics, including one that was not published in Dits et écrits. Marcelo Hoffmann’s

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Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:

Update 12 After what has felt like a long break from working on this book, I’ve begun writing again. Some of this was during a recent trip to Ghana.

The first part of Chapter Six looks at the collaborative projects Foucault was involved with through his Collège de France seminars and his involvement with CERFI in the 1970s. I discuss four projects. The first was work conducted at CERFI, also involving Deleuze and Guattari, on into urban infrastructure and related themes, which led to the book Les équipements du pouvoir by Lion Murard and François Fourquet. The second is the collective work Les machines à guérir (aux origines de l’hôpital moderne) published in 1976 and then reissued in 1979. The third is a study Foucault edited entitled Politiques de l’habitat (1800-1850) from 1977. The fourth is a study of the ‘green spaces’ of Paris. These projects are important, I think, for moving…

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Originally posted on Stockerblog:

Lecture of 21st February, 1973

Part One (of my summary and  comments, the lecture was delivered as a unified entity)

In the early nineteenth century, the penal system became a penitentiary system for the first time, was more unified, and was much more under  the control of the state than before. At the end of the eighteenth century there was a growth in the capitalist mode of product, which provoked political crises. The plebeians were proletarianised requiring a new repressive apparatus. There was a series of movements of popular sedition in response to the growth of capitalism. Bourgeois power replied to the seditions with a new judicial and penitential system. There is more behind the new system than control of plebeian sedition, it was a control of popular illegality. Until the end of the eighteenth century some popular illegality was compatible with the development of the economic bourgeoise and even…

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