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Interview with Stuart Elden by Dave O’Brien (podcast) on the New Books Network

In relation to Foucault’s Last Decade Polity Press 2016

Why did Michel Foucault radically recast the project of The History of Sexuality? How did he work collaboratively? What was the influence of Antiquity on his thought? In Foucault’s Last Decade (Polity Press, 2016) Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick explores these, and many more, questions about the final years in a rich intellectual life. The book combines detailed studies of Foucault’s recently collected lecture series with archival material and his publications, to give an in depth engagement with the changes and continuities in his thought during the last decade. Addressing questions associated with key terms, such as governmentality, as well as confession, the self, power, truth telling, and many other core ideas and themes, the book will be essential reading for anyone interested in this most important of Western thinkers.

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bouveresse Editor: I posted up a review of this book earlier. It is attracting quite a bit of attention in France hence the repost. See the links at the end of this post

Jacques Bouveresse, Nietzsche contre Foucault Sur la vérité, la connaissance et le pouvoir. Agone, 25/01/2016

Avant-propos de Benoit Gaultier et Jean-Jacques Rosat.

Et si Nietzsche, dont Foucault s’est tant réclamé, parlait souvent contre lui ?

La plupart des expressions typiques de Foucault dans lesquelles le mot « vérité » intervient comme complément – « production de la vérité », « histoire de la vérité », « politique de la vérité », « jeux de vérité », etc. – reposent sur une confusion peut-être délibérée entre deux choses que Frege considérait comme essentiel de distinguer : l’être-vrai et le tenir-pour-vrai. Or peu de philosophes ont insisté avec autant de fermeté que Nietzsche sur cette différence radicale qui existe entre ce qui est vrai et ce qui est cru vrai : « La vérité et la croyance que quelque chose est vrai : deux univers d’intérêts tout à fait séparés l’un de l’autre, presque des univers opposés ; on arrive à l’un et à l’autre par des chemins fondamentalement différents », écrit-il dans L’Antéchrist. Foucault, alors qu’il n’a jamais traité que des mécanismes, des lois et des conditions historiques et sociales de production de l’assentiment et de la croyance, en a tiré abusivement des conclusions concernant la vérité elle-même.

Sur la vérité, l’objectivité, la connaissance et la science, il est trop facilement admis aujourd’hui – le plus souvent sans discussion – que Foucault aurait changé la pensée et nos catégories. Mais il y a dans ses cours trop de confusions conceptuelles entre vérité, connaissance et pouvoir, trop de questions élémentaires laissées en blanc – et, tout simplement, trop de non-sens pour qu’on doive se rallier à pareille opinion. Quant au nietzschéisme professé par Foucault, il repose sur une lecture trop étroite, qui ne résiste pas à une confrontation attentive avec les textes, notamment ceux du Nietzsche de la maturité.

À l’écart aussi bien des panégyriques que des verdicts idéologiques, le philosophe Jacques Bouveresse, professeur au Collège de France, lit Nietzsche et Foucault à la hauteur où ils doivent être lus : avec les mêmes exigences intellectuelles qu’il applique à Wittgenstein et à Musil, et une libre ironie qu’il fait sienne plus que jamais.

Sommaire : I. L’objectivité, la connaissance et le pouvoir (conférence, 2000) ; II. Remarques sur le problème de la vérité chez Nietzsche et sur Foucault lecteur de Nietzsche (essai inédit, 2013-2015) : 1. Ce qui est connu doit-il être vrai ? ; 2. La connaissance sans vérité et la vérité sans vérité ; 3. La vérité pourrait-elle n’être pas la cause de la connaissance, mais son effet ?; 4. La volonté du vrai et la volonté de la distinction du vrai et du faux ; 5. Nietzsche, la « preuve de force » et la « preuve de vérité » de la foi ; 6. La volonté de savoir et la volonté de croire ; 7. La recherche de la connaissance véritable et de la vérité vraie ; 8. Peut-il y avoir une histoire de la vérité ? ; 9. Le concept d’« alèthurgie » : la vérité et ses manifestations.

Professeur au Collège de France, Jacques Bouveresse a publié de nombreux ouvrages de philosophie du langage et de la connaissance mais aussi sur des écrivains comme Robert Musil et Karl Kraus. Il est aussi l’un des principaux commentateurs français de Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Pour visiter la page consacrée à Jacques Bouveresse sur le site du Collège de France

Critiques, comptes rendus et essais

Autour de Jacques Bouveresse blog. Ce blog est là pour diffuser les informations (audio/video/livres/articles) autour des travaux du philosophe Jacques Bouveresse

La vérité en question, Le Monde diplomatique

Actu philosophia

Bouveresse, Opération vérité, Libération


Ouvertures, le temps du citoyen magazine

Strass de la philosophie blog

Émissions • Les Nouveaux chemins de la connaissance • Nietzsche contre Foucault par Jacques Bouveresse, France Culture, audio podcast

Librairie Tropiques. Includes two videos of debates

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David Newheiser, Foucault, Gary Becker and the Critique of Neoliberalism, 13, 2016,
Theory, Culture & Society September 2016 vol. 33 no. 5 3-21

doi: 10.1177/0263276415619997

Although Foucault’s 1979 lectures on The Birth of Biopolitics promised to treat the theme of biopolitics, the course deals at length with neoliberalism while mentioning biopolitics hardly at all. Some scholars account for this elision by claiming that Foucault sympathized with neoliberalism; I argue on the contrary that Foucault develops a penetrating critique of the neoliberal claim to preserve individual liberty. I show that the Chicago economist Gary Becker exemplifies what Foucault describes elsewhere as biopolitics: a form of power applied to the behaviour of a population through the normalizing use of statistics. Although Becker’s preference for indirect intervention might seem to preserve the independence of individuals, under biopolitics individual liberty is itself the means by which populations are governed indirectly. In my view, by describing the history and ambivalence of neoliberal biopolitics, Foucault fosters a critical vigilance that is the precondition for creative political resistance.

biopolitics critique economics Foucault neoliberalism normalization power

See also video of author presenting paper

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Editor: Although Rodrigo Firmino’s long running Panopticam project has stopped working, this is worth knowing about.

Watching Jeremy, Watching Me, Watching Jeremy

About this Project
The idea of this project came from the irony of having the skeleton of the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham (with a wax head and real clothes) – known, among other things, for designing and proposing the panopticon, later explored by the French philosopher Michel Foucault – recording images of passers-by and visitors in one of the rooms in the main building of the University College London (UCL).

In his will, Bentham requested that after his death, his body be displayed in public, in what he called the “Auto-Icon”. At the UCL now, it is possible to see what is left from his body in a glass case. As part of a research project called PanoptiCam, from UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial AnalysisUCL Centre for Digital HumanitiesUCL Public and Cultural Engagement, and UCL’s Bentham Project, a webcam was installed on the top of the Auto-Icon watching the reaction of passers-by looking at Jeremy’s remains, and broadcasts the images live online via twitter and youtube.

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Editor: For those of you who, like myself, are involved in teaching Foucault: I find this analysis by Slavoj Žižek of John Carpenter’s 1988 film They Live, from Sophie Fiennes’ 2012 film The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology to be particularly apt.

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Maurice Stierl, A Foucauldian Take on Border Violence and Mediterranean Acts of Escape , 04/25/16

Podcast on soundcloud

The unauthorized mass-movements of 2015, when more than a million people crossed maritime borders into European space, demonstrated more clearly than ever before that Europe’s deterrence politics had failed. The necropolitical obstacle course created by its border regime proved unable to prevent these disobedient mobilities. What we witness today, while often termed a “migrant or refugee crisis,” is in fact a crisis of the European project. Current processes of internal re-bordering along sovereign nation-state lines and logics significantly undermine Europe’s supposed post-national ethos and trans-border imaginary. In this talk Stierl explores “Europe in crisis” and relates to some of the experiences he made through his own activist involvement in “border struggles,” as part of the activist collective ‘WatchTheMed Alarm Phone’ that has created a “hotline” for people in distress at sea. Advocating the freedom of movement and seeking to democratize maritime borderzones, the collective has created a presence in spaces seemingly reserved for sovereign state actors and has facilitated the safe arrival of thousands of travelers. In this talk he also draws from three “moments” in Michel Foucault’s writing and thought that help us think conceptually through the relationship between (migrations’) excess and (borders’) control and prompt us to reflect on the ways in which “Mediterranean acts of escape” transform the European socio-political landscape and community.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Society, Townsend Center for the Humanities: Course Thread on Law and the Humanities, and the Institute of European Studies.

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Thanasis Lagios, Foucauldian Genealogy and Maoism
20th March 2015 | 12:00 – 12:45

Conference paper, audio podcast on The Voice Republic site

Thanasis Lagios studied Philosophy, Pedagogy & Psychology (specialization: Philosophy), at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (1998 – 2003). Having completed his postgraduate studies (MA) in Political Philosophy at the University of York (UK, 2004-5), he successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens on “Stirner, Nietzsche, Foucault: The death of God and the end of Man” (2009), which was published by futura in 2012. He has published a Greek translation of Foucault’s 1978 interview “Considérations sur le marxisme, la phénoménelogie et le pouvoir” (futura, 2013). He has published several articles on the history of philosophy, epistemology and political philosophy. Since 2010, he has been teaching in the postgraduate program on Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Since 2013, he also teaches philosophy (epistemology/political philosophy) in the EU-sponsored program at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, “Plato’s Academy”.

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