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Julia Toynbee Lagoutte, Getting personal: how biosecurity gets under our skin., Green European Journal Volume 15, April 2017
Review of Frédéric Gros’s book Le Principe Sécurité (The Security Principle, 2012).

The term security has acquired such breadth and been remoulded so often that it can start to seem meaningless. It is the mantra that will be invoked to justify human rights infringements or to start a war, but also the term that includes ‘climate’ and ‘energy’ issues. How does it encompass so much and why does it mobilise such power? A book review of Frédéric Gros’s book which outlines the mind-changing concept of biosecurity.

Looking at the word afresh is a guaranteed result of Frédéric Gros’s book Le Principe Sécurité (The Principle Security, 2012). Gros is a French philosopher, Michel Foucault expert, and author of the bestseller A Philosophy of Walking (2014). No less intellectually stimulating and philosophical for being a readable ride through history, Gros sets out a Foucauldian-style genealogy of the concept of security. He sets out what he calls its four main usages, contextualising them within their historic Western origins, and ending with biosecurity (a nascent, under-theorised Foucauldian concept that Gros defines anew).

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The Seventh Function of Language
A Novel
Laurent Binet; Translated from the French by Sam Taylor. Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
2017

From the prizewinning author of HHhH, “the most insolent novel of the year” (L’Express) is a romp through the French intelligentsia of the twentieth century.

Paris, 1980. The literary critic Roland Barthes dies—struck by a laundry van—after lunch with the presidential candidate François Mitterand. The world of letters mourns a tragic accident. But what if it wasn’t an accident at all? What if Barthes was . . . murdered?

In The Seventh Function of Language, Laurent Binet spins a madcap secret history of the French intelligentsia, starring such luminaries as Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Julia Kristeva—as well as the hapless police detective Jacques Bayard, whose new case will plunge him into the depths of literary theory (starting with the French version of Roland Barthes for Dummies). Soon Bayard finds himself in search of a lost manuscript by the linguist Roman Jakobson on the mysterious “seventh function of language.”

A brilliantly erudite comedy with more than a dash of The Da Vinci Code—The Seventh Function of Language takes us from the cafés of Saint-Germain to the corridors of Cornell University, and into the duels and orgies of the Logos Club, a secret philosophical society that dates to the Roman Empire. Binet has written both a send-up and a wildly exuberant celebration of the French intellectual tradition.

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Metric power (2016)

David Beer, Metric Power, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

This book examines the powerful and intensifying role that metrics play in ordering and shaping our everyday lives. Focusing upon the interconnections between measurement, circulation and possibility, the author explores the interwoven relations between power and metrics. He draws upon a wide-range of interdisciplinary resources to place these metrics within their broader historical, political and social contexts. More specifically, he illuminates the various ways that metrics implicate our lives – from our work, to our consumption and our leisure, through to our bodily routines and the financial and organisational structures that surround us. Unravelling the power dynamics that underpin and reside within the so-called big data revolution, he develops the central concept of Metric Power along with a set of conceptual resources for thinking critically about the powerful role played by metrics in the social world today.

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Reinvenções de Foucault

Ana Kiffer.(org.)
Antonio Pele.(org.)
Francisco de Guimaraens.(org.)
Mauricio Rocha.(org.)
Rafael Becker.(org.)

Lamparina, 2017
ISBN 978 85 8316 050 2Cód. barras 9788583160502

Em 1973, Michel Foucault apresenta no Collège de France o Curso “A sociedade punitiva”, parte do conjunto de análises que servirão de base ao livro Vigiar e Punir, de 1975. As gravações do curso foram perdidas e apenas uma transcrição e o resumo foram conservados. Publicado em dezembro de 2013, o Curso sugere muitas questões aos leitores de Foucault e solicita a reformulação de algumas convicções correntes sobre sua obra. Variações sobre a análise da prisão, continuidades e rupturas em relação a Vigiar e Punir e esclarecimentos (ou novos enigmas) sobre a complexa relação entre Foucault e Marx são alguns dos assuntos que emergem da leitura do Curso. Em 2015, um evento acadêmico na PUC Rio teve como fio condutor a interpretação de ‘‘A sociedade punitiva’’ no horizonte da obra foucaultiana. Os trabalhos apresentados por pesquisadores argentinos e brasileiros são agora compilados e oferecidos ao público no livro Reinvenções de Foucault.

Pesquisadores participantes: Mauricio Rocha, Edgardo Castro, Ana Kiffer, Peter Pál Pelbart, Joel Birman, Susana Murillo, Francisco de Guimaraens, Angelica de Britto Pereira Pizarro, Cristina López, Antonio Pele, Fabián Ludueña Romandini, Marcelo Raffin, Rachel Nigro, Bernardo Carvalho Oliveira, Leon Farhi Neto, Andrea Moreira Streva, Eduardo Stelmann, Fernanda Ferreira Pradal, Juliana Moreira Streva, Felipe de Andrade e Souza, Clécio Lemos, Julia Naidin, Rafael Cataneo Becker, Alessandra Vannucci, Aline Caldeira Lopes, Larissa Drigo Agostinho.

Sumário

Apresentação
Mauricio Rocha

“Surveiller et punir”: entre dispositivo y veridicción
Edgardo Castro<

“Attica, Attica!”: Foucault e os 39 detentos
Eduardo Stelmann

Ilegalismos: uma categoria sobre o poder punitivo seletivo em diálogo com o marxismo?
Fernanda Ferreira Pradal

Foucault y Marx: aproximaciones a la construcción de un dispositivo de lectura
Susana Murillo

O poder de matar do Estado em Michel Foucault: uma investigação sobre o racismo
Juliana Moreira Streva

O biopoder e os direitos em Michel Foucault
Francisco de Guimaraens

O problema da norma no funcionamento do poder em “A sociedade punitiva”
Angelica de Britto Pereira Pizarro

Entre a lei e a norma
Andrea Moreira Streva

Tempo de vida e tempo de trabalho em “A sociedade punitiva” de Foucault
Felipe de Andrade e Souza

“Homo penalis” no Brasil neoliberal: entendendo o grande encarceramento a partir de Foucault
Clécio Lemos

De la guerra contra el derecho: consideraciones sobre los aportes y limitaciones del enfoque belicoso del dispositivo jurídico
Cristina López

A infâmia e o “Intolerável”: personagens da dissidência na filosofia de Foucault
Julia Naidin

Reformular “la sociedad punitiva” como crítica al capitalismo
Antonio Pele

La disciplina monástica medieval como dispositivo económico-político: una genealogía complementaria de “Vigilar y castigar”
Fabián Ludueña Romandini

O problema da resistência em Foucault: da guerra civil à dispersão?
Rafael Cataneo Becker

Las cuestiones de la verdad y la subjetividad en el proyecto “Vigilar y castigar”
Marcelo Raffin

Foucault e o “estruturalismo”: uma relação “problemática”
Rachel Nigro

Antígona e a coragem de dizer a verdade
Alessandra Vannucci

Entre o amor e a guerra: união homoafetiva e Forças Armadas no Brasil
Aline Caldeira Lopes

A própria vida como prova: perigo e experimentação na educação em Foucault
Bernardo Carvalho Oliveira

Foucault e a questão do sujeito
Joel Birman

Michel Foucault e o nomadismo intelectual
Leon Farhi Neto

O diagrama, funções e operações
Larissa Drigo Agostinho

Cadernos do corpo para o cárcere da alma
Ana Kiffer

Da dessubjetivação nomádica à subjetivação herética: Foucault, Agamben, Deleuze
Peter Pál Pelbart

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Daniele Lorenzini, La force du vrai. De Foucault à Austin
Le bord de l’eau

Format 13×20 cm – 156 p. – 20 €
Isbn 9782356875310
Collection « diagnostics » dirigee par Fabienne brugere & Guillaume le Blanc
En librairies en juillet 2017

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Cet ouvrage propose une lecture originale du projet foucaldien d’une histoire de la vérité qui vise à en mettre clairement en lumière les enjeux éthiques et politiques, grâce à l’établissement d’une confrontation entre les analyses de Foucault sur la parrêsia antique, les travaux de J.L. Austin sur l’énoncé performatif et l’étude de l’énoncé passionné par Stanley Cavell. Le problème qui est ainsi posé, en lien mais également en décalage avec les réflexions traditionnelles sur le pouvoir des mots, est celui de la force du vrai : est-il possible ou légitime d’affirmer que la vérité est une force qui s’inscrit, de manière toujours « stratégique », à l’intérieur d’un champ de bataille ? En répondant par l’affirmative, cet ouvrage entreprend d’interroger sous un angle inédit les rapports entre vérité, critique et vie au sein d’une éthique et d’une politique du dire-vrai.

Daniele Lorenzini, docteur en philosophie de l’Université Paris-Est et de l’Université « La Sapienza » de Rome, est chercheur postdoctoral au Centre Prospéro de l’Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles. Auteur de nombreux ouvrages dont Éthique et politique de soi (Vrin, 2015), il a tout récemment établi l’édition critique de M. Foucault, Dire vrai sur soi-même (Vrin, 2017).

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Julia Toynbee Lagoutte, Getting Personal: How Biosecurity Gets Under Our Skin, Green European Journal, vol 15, April 2017

The term security has acquired such breadth and been remoulded so often that it can start to seem meaningless. It is the mantra that will be invoked to justify human rights infringements or to start a war, but also the term that includes ‘climate’ and ‘energy’ issues. How does it encompass so much and why does it mobilise such power? A book review of Frédéric Gros’s book which outlines the mind-changing concept of biosecurity.

Looking at the word afresh is a guaranteed result of Frédéric Gros’s book Le Principe Sécurité (The Principle Security, 2012). Gros is a French philosopher, Michel Foucault expert, and author of the bestseller A Philosophy of Walking (2014). No less intellectually stimulating and philosophical for being a readable ride through history, Gros sets out a Foucauldian-style genealogy of the concept of security. He sets out what he calls its four main usages, contextualising them within their historic Western origins, and ending with biosecurity (a nascent, under-theorised Foucauldian concept that Gros defines anew).

One of the book’s most intriguing elements is how Gros conceives these four disparate senses of security to interact with each other, and how they disappear and re-emerge, modernised and updated to the situation, throughout time and space. Most salient is the way he maps out the increasing importance of biosecurity and its contradictory, potent synthesis with other senses of security to make up our current notion of security.

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An Interview with Elizabeth Grosz, Theory Culture and Society, 22 May 2017

The Incorporeal’: An Interview with Elizabeth Grosz
Elizabeth Grosz & Vikki Bell
March 2017

VB: Many congratulations on the publication of your new book The Incorporeal: Ontology, Ethics and the Limits of Materialism (Columbia University Press, 2017). The book seems to simultaneously explore a genealogy of a concept ‘the incorporeal’ while also proposing it as a concept that has both explanatory power and ethical promise. I wonder if there is a debate that is un- or under-described here but that drives the desire to explore the incorporeal and these thinkers, since genealogy in both Nietzsche and Foucault’s sense is always a purposive endeavour. Which positions are you taking a stance against, or which oversights are you seeking to correct?

EG: I wouldn’t say that it is a corrective particularly, though there are a number of positions that describe themselves as materialist that I think are problematic and would disagree with. A genealogy – an exploration of sources and sites often unrecognized or unknown – is a way of reviving things that either we have forgotten or that were never developed, elaborated or perhaps even born, things that were stillborn or fragmented. I was seeking something positive rather than undertaking a critique, implicit or explicit. From a commitment to materialism, I was interested in how to address certain questions that were reductively posited within materialisms (after all, there is no one form of materialism, but many, some conflicting with others) or not addressed at all – questions linked to explaining thinking and experience, language or representation more generally, and the self-evident immaterial conditions of materiality, such as space and time. If materialism(s) cannot account for the immaterial events we experience and articulate, then it has a clear limit that it needs to address. I see my work as an expansion of materialism more than a critique of it, though I suspect that the book may be considered idealist in the opinion of some. I am looking for an account of being-becoming that can explain the existence of incorporeal things and events – and most especially how thinking is possible, what it is, how it relates to the brain, or doesn’t, how it capable of being understood beyond any reductionism.

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