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Philosophers DVD
Author(s): Moderator and commentator Fons Elders
Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault
Sir Alfred Ayer and Arne Naess
Leszek Kolakowski and Henri Lefèbvre
Sir Karl Popper and Sir John Eccles

A series by Fons Elders

This DVD is available at a more reasonable price from Fons Elders’ site than from Icarus films.

Review by Brian Boling

In 1971, a Dutch initiative called the International Philosophers Project brought together the leading thinkers of the day for a series of one-on-one debates. The participants included intellectual superstars Alfred Ayer and Arne Naess, Karl Popper and John Eccles, Leszek Kolakowski and Henri Lefèbvre, and – most notably, in a now justifiably famous exchange – Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault.

This two-disc set collects all four remarkable conversations, along with introductions and commentary by Dutch philosopher and writer Fons Elders. Elders moderated the original debates – hand-picking each of the participants after spending some time getting to know them. Now, looking back four decades later, he offers perspective and context, summarizing the arguments and highlighting the key moments of each debate.


DISC ONE (80 and 74 minutes)

Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault  

The Chomsky-Foucault debate has become a much-studied classic. This DVD captures all the energy and passion of the two philosophers, as they discuss whether or not some form of universal human nature – an inherent ability to understand language and scientific concepts, for instance – exists, or whether our responses are purely socially and culturally conditioned.

Alfred Ayer and Arne Naess  

A lively debate between British empiricist Alfred Ayer, who champions a limited skepticism, and Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess, the founder of the deep ecology movement, whose philosophy embraces interconnectedness.


DISC TWO (80 and 77 minutes)

Karl Popper and John Eccles  

Historian of science Karl Popper and his close friend, Nobel-prize-winning neuroscientist John Eccles, discuss Popper’s famous criterion of falsifiability: the idea that a statement is only scientific if it could possibility be proved false, which he had articulated against the traditional positivist view of the scientific method.

Leszek Kolakowski and Henri Lefèbvre  

Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski and French thinker Henri Lefèbvre (both former Communist Party members) debate the ongoing significance of Marxism and the concept of alienation – while at the same time struggling to define what a future, post-capitalist society might hold.


 
 

Each of these conversations captures the intellectual and social ferment of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when dramatic social and economic transformation seemed imminent – and philosophical questions underpinned discussions about what form the new society would take. Though many of the questions under discussion are timeless, this social and political context gives them a particular sense of urgency.

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Reportage de GrandLille TV sur l’exposition Michel Foucault à Lille 3. Mars 2014

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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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A film about Michel Foucault directed by François Caillat titled « Foucault contre lui-même », is due for release in June 2014. Arte France will broadcast the film and INA Editions release a DVD.

For very brief further details see here and here

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Thomas Lemke, Biopolitics and Beyond: Vibrant Matter and the Political Economy of Life

Published on Jul 1, 2013

CELAB presents a public lecture by Professor Thomas Lemke, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main in Germany.

With opening remarks by Professor Judit Sandor, Director of CELAB.

With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this link

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Comments on Foucault at around the 14 minute mark

Published on Aug 18, 2013

Life and Debt: Living through the Financialisation of the Biosphere
Philip Mirowski keynote for ‘Life and Debt’ conference

How can it be that the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis and the deepest financial crisis since 1930s have done so little to undermine the supremacy of orthodox economics?

The lecture will preview material from Mirowski’s new book: Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown (Verso, 2013).

In this lecture, Professor Mirowski responds to the question of how it is that science came to be subordinate to economics and the very future of nature to be contingent upon the market. Charting the contradictions of the contemporary political landscape, he notes that science denialism, markets for pollution permits and proposals for geo-engineering can all be understood as political strategies designed to neutralize the impact of environmentalism, as they all originated in the network of corporate-sponsored think-tanks that have made neoliberal accounts of society, politics and the economy so prevalent that even the most profound crises are unable to shake their grip on the political imagination.

For those of us who are still paying attention, the task of constructing an alternative politics of science and markets is a vital one.

Philip Mirowski is Carl E. Koch Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. His most famous book, More Heat Than Light: Economics as Social Physics (1989) established his reputation as a formidable critic of the scientific status of neoclassical economics. His Machine Dreams: Economics becomes a Cyborg Science (2002) presents a history of the Cold War consolidation of American economic orthodoxy in the same intellectual milieu that produced systems theory, the digital computer, the atomic bomb, the strategy of Mutually Assured Destruction, and the ‘think tank’. The Road from Mont Pelerin: the Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective (with Dieter Plewhe, 2009), drawn from the archives of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Chicago School, presents a scholarly history of neoliberalism: the political movement initiated by Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman in the 1940s, which has since become the world’s dominant philosophy of government. As a leading exponent of the Institutional school, he has published formal treatments of financial markets that update Mynsky’s ‘financial instability hypothesis’ for the world of computerised derivative trading.

This lecture is presented by the UTS Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre and the Australian Working Group on Financialisation at the University of Sydney.

With thanks to Chuck Willer for this link

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Published on Apr 7, 2012

La televisión y la filosofía no forman una pareja habitual, pero el filósofo, escritor y guionista de cine José Pablo Feinmann enfrenta el desafío de abordar esta disciplina en profundidad y con un lenguaje accesible.
La intención es doble; no sólo se propone revisar las preguntas fundamentales que formularon grandes filósofos, como Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Marx o Sartre, sino también permitir que la reflexión filosófica aflore como una actitud ante el mundo que nos rodea.

With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this link

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With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this link

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1ère session : Autour de Michel Foucault, « La Société punitive (1972-1973) »

Video recordings Links to videos of all sessions.

Date de réalisation : 17 Janvier 2013
Durée du programme : 83 min

Autour de Michel Foucault, « La Société punitive (1972-1973) »
EHESS – Salles du conseil A et B et salle Jean-Pierre Vernant – 190-198 avenue de France – 75013 Paris
Journée d’étude organisée par Bernard Harcourt le mardi 17 décembre 2013 de 10 h à 13 h, salles du conseil A et B, de 14h30 à 18h ; salle Jean-Pierre Vernant (8e étage).

Avec Étienne Balibar ▪ Pascal Beauvais ▪ Guy Casadamont ▪ Olivier Cayla ▪ Daniel Defert ▪ Corentin Durand ▪ François Ewald ▪ Antoine Garapon ▪ Frédéric Gros ▪ Bernard Harcourt ▪ Liora Israël ▪ Fabien Jobard ▪ Rainer Maria Kiesow ▪ Daniele Lorenzini ▪ Paolo Napoli ▪ Pierrette Poncela ▪ Sacha Raoult ▪ Stephen Sawyer ▪ Michel Senellart ▪ Arianna Sforzini ▪ Mikhaïl Xifaras.

Programme

1ère session

10h : Ouverture de la journée d’étude
10h à 11h20 : Interventions d’Étienne Balibar, Daniel Defert, Corentin Durand et Pierrette Poncela.
Modérateur : Bernard Harcourt

2ème session

11h30 à 12h50 : Interventions d’Antoine Garapon, Rainer Maria Kiesow, Daniele Lorenzini et Mikhaïl Xifaras
Modérateur : François Ewald

3ème session

14h30 à 16h : Interventions de Guy Casadamont, Liora Israël, Fabien Jobard et Sacha Raoult
Modérateur : Michel Senellart

4ème session

16h15 à 17h45 : Interventions de Pascal Beauvais, Arianna Sforzini et Stephen Sawyer
Modérateur : Frédéric Gros
17h45 à 18h : Fermeture de la journée d’étude

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From Didier Eribon’s public facebook page

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