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image_miniArlene Farge and Michel Foucault, Disorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives, forthcoming with University of Minnesota Press, edited by Nancy Luxon and translated by Thomas Scott-Railton. The UMP page says January 2017; Amazon suggests November 2016. There will be a companion book of essays, entitled Archives ofInfamy, also edited by Nancy Luxon – more details when available.

Drunken and debauched husbands; libertine wives; vagabonding children. These and many more are the subjects of requests for confinement written to the king of France in the eighteenth century. These letters of arrest (lettres de cachet) from France’s Ancien Régime were often associated with excessive royal power and seen as a way for the king to imprison political opponents. In Disorderly Families, first published in French in 1982, Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault collect ninety-four letters from ordinary families who, with the help of hired scribes, submitted complaints…

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Danger, Crime and Rights: A Conversation between Michel Foucault and Jonathan Simon.
Edited and transcribed by Stuart Elden.Theory, Culture & Society May 10, 2016

doi: 10.1177/0263276416640070

Abstract
This article is a transcript of a conversation between Michel Foucault and Jonathan Simon in San Francisco in October 1983. It has never previously been published and is transcribed on the basis of a tape recording made at the time. Foucault and Simon begin with a discussion of Foucault’s 1977 lecture ‘About the Concept of the “Dangerous Individual” in 19th-Century Legal Psychiatry’, and move to a discussion of notions of danger, psychiatric expertise in the prosecution cases, crime, responsibility and rights in the US and French legal systems. The transcription is accompanied by a brief contextualizing introduction and a retrospective comment by Simon.

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La Bibliothèque Foucaldienne

A prezi presentation of some of the documents in the archive, uploaded by by Vincent Ventresque on 23 November 2015

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Foucault : “Mes livres sont des espèces de petits pétards…

En juin 1975, Roger-Pol Droit enregistrait de longs entretiens avec le philosophe Michel Foucault en vue d’un livre qui fut abandonné. Inédit.
PROPOS RECUEILLIS PAR ROGER-POL DROIT
Publié le 06/12/2015 | Le Point

This article is for purchase.

Dans cet extrait inédit, il parle de sa conviction d’alors de n’être jamais un auteur de la Pléiade.
“Je ne serai pas à la Pléiade”…

“J’ai parfaitement conscience de ne pas faire une oeuvre, et on ne publiera pas mes oeuvres complètes, je ne serai pas à la “Pléiade”, etc. Je dis ça en me marrant, et sans aucun sentiment d’amertume, ni de tristesse, ni quoi que ce soit, mais pour moi écrire n’est pas quelque chose que j’aime. Je n’aime pas l’écriture. Être écrivain me paraît véritablement dérisoire…

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CouvFoucDV Michel Foucault, Discours et vérité. Précédé de La parrêsia.
Édition et apparat critique établis par H.-P. Fruchaud et D. Lorenzini.
Introduction par F. Gros.
Vrin – Philosophie du présent
320 pages – 12,5 × 18 cm
ISBN 978-2-7116-2656-4 – février 2016

À l’automne 1983, Michel Foucault prononce, à l’Université de Californie à Berkeley, un cycle de six conférences intitulé Discours et vérité, dont on trouvera ici, pour la première fois, l’édition complète et critique.

Dans ces conférences, la richesse de la notion de parrêsia et son rôle stratégique pour la réflexion éthique et politique de Foucault émergent de manière évidente. Foucault retrace notamment les transformations de cette notion dans le monde antique : d’abord droit politique du citoyen athénien, la parrêsia devient, avec Socrate, l’un des traits essentiels du discours philosophique puis, avec les cyniques, de la vie philosophique elle-même dans ce qu’elle peut avoir de provoquant et même de scandaleux; enfin, aux premiers siècles de l’Empire, la parrêsia apparaît au fondement des relations entre le maître et le disciple dans la culture de soi. En faisant l’analyse de la notion de parrêsia, Foucault poursuit en même temps son projet d’une histoire du présent et pose des jalons pour une généalogie de l’attitude critique dans nos sociétés modernes et contemporaines.

Ce volume contient également la transcription d’une conférence prononcée par Foucault en mai 1982 à l’université de Grenoble, devant un public de spécialistes de la philosophie antique, qui présente un état antérieur et différent de sa réflexion sur la parrêsia.

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Progressive Geographies

The manifesto of the Groupe d’information sur les prisons, authored by Foucault, Pierre Vidal-Nanuet and Jean-Marie Domenich, which I translated for this site a couple of years ago, has been reprinted in Viewpoint magazine. The prison group, along with Foucault’s involvement in the parallel health group and other activist work are discussed in detail in Foucault: The Birth of Power.

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foucault-hermeneuticsMichel Foucault, About the Beginning of the Hermeneutics of the Self. Lectures at Dartmouth College, 1980, University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Translated by Graham Burchell

Edited by Henri-Paul Fruchaud and Daniele Lorenzini
Introduction and critical apparatus by Laura Cremonesi, Arnold I. Davidson, Orazio Irrera, Daniele Lorenzini, Martina Tazzioli
160 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015

In 1980, Michel Foucault began a vast project of research on the relationship between subjectivity and truth, an examination of conscience, confession, and truth-telling that would become a crucial feature of his life-long work on the relationship between knowledge, power, and the self. The lectures published here offer one of the clearest pathways into this project, contrasting Greco-Roman techniques of the self with those of early Christian monastic culture in order to uncover, in the latter, the historical origin of many of the features that still characterize the modern subject. They are accompanied by a public discussion and debate as well as by an interview with Michael Bess, all of which took place at the University of California, Berkeley, where Foucault delivered an earlier and slightly different version of these lectures.

Foucault analyzes the practices of self-examination and confession in Greco-Roman antiquity and in the first centuries of Christianity in order to highlight a radical transformation from the ancient Delphic principle of “know thyself” to the monastic precept of “confess all of your thoughts to your spiritual guide.” His aim in doing so is to retrace the genealogy of the modern subject, which is inextricably tied to the emergence of the “hermeneutics of the self”—the necessity to explore one’s own thoughts and feelings and to confess them to a spiritual director—in early Christianity. According to Foucault, since some features of this Christian hermeneutics of the subject still determine our contemporary “gnoseologic” self, then the genealogy of the modern subject is both an ethical and a political enterprise, aiming to show that the “self” is nothing but the historical correlate of a series of technologies built into our history. Thus, from Foucault’s perspective, our main problem today is not to discover what “the self” is, but to try to analyze and change these technologies in order to change its form.

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