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Foucault, The End of a Decade

  • Daniel Zamora Vargas (a1)
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1 Foucault, Michel, Les aveux de la chair (Paris: Gallimard, 2018).

2 Foucault, Michel, Théories et institutions pénales, Cours au Collège de France. 1971–1972 (Paris: éditions de l’EHESS, 2015).

3 With the notable exception of the forthcoming publication of Le discours philosophique that assembles his lectures at Tunis between 1966 and 1967. Beyond that, new important material might emerge from the 117 boxes filled with 37,000 pages of archives recently sold by Daniel Defert to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France which have not been entirely made public yet.

4 Apart from his lectures at the Collège de France, important publications include especially the 1980 Darmouth College lectures: Foucault, Michel, L’origine de l’herméneutique de soi (Paris: Vrin, 2013); the 1981 Louvain lectures: Foucault, Michel, Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling. The Function of Avowal in Justice (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014); the 1982 Toronto lectures: Foucault, Michel, Dire vrai sur soi-même (Paris: Vrin, 2017); the 1983 Berkeley lectures recently published by Vrin: Foucault, Michel, Discours et Vérité (Paris: Vrin, 2016).

5 See especially Behrent, Michael C., ‘Foucault and France’s Liberal Moment’, in Stephen W. Sawyer and Iain Stewart, eds., In Search of the Liberal Moment. Democracy, Anti-totalitarianism, and Intellectual Politics in France since 1950 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 155156 ; Chabal, Emile, France since the 1970s: History, Politics and Memory in an Age of Uncertainty (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014); idem, A Divided Republic: Nation, State and Citizenship in Contemporary France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

6 See especially Behrent, Michael C., ‘Penser le XXe siècle avec Michel Foucault’, Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, 4, 60-4/4 bis (2013), 728 .

7 See, for example, recently, ‘Michel Foucault in Death Valley: A Boom interview with Simeon Wade’, Boom California, 10 Sept. 2017, available at https://boomcalifornia.com/2017/09/10/michel-foucault-in-death-valley-a-boom-interview-with-simeon-wade/ (last visited 6 Sept. 2018).

8 Eugène Wolters, ‘Foucault’s Last Decade: An interview with Stuart Elden’, Critical Theory, 30 July 2016, available at http://www.critical-theory.com/foucaults-last-decade-an-interview-with-stuart-elden/ (last visited 6 Sept. 2018).

9 Foucault, Michel, The Order of Things (New York: Routledge Classics, 2005).

10 Stuart Elden, ‘Review: Foucault’s Confessions of the Flesh’, Theory, Culture & Society, 20 Mar. 2018, available at https://www.theoryculturesociety.org/review-foucaults-confessions-flesh/ (last visited 6 Sept. 2018).

11 Foucault, Michel, ‘Non au sexe roi. Interview with Bernard-Henri Lévy’, Le Nouvel Observateur, 644, 12–21 Mar. (1977), 92130 . Available online at http://1libertaire.free.fr/MFoucault225.html (last visited 6 Sept. 2018).

12 See Chevalier, Philippe, Michel Foucault et le christianisme (Paris: ENS éditions, 2011), 62 .

13 Frédéric Gros, ‘Avertissement’, in Foucault, Les aveux de la chair, iii. On the precise chronology of Foucault’s work see Defert, Daniel, ‘Chronologie’, in Michel Foucault, Dits et écrits I. 1954–1975 (Paris: Gallimard, 2001), 1390 .

14 Elden, Stuart, Foucault’s Last Decade (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016), 98 .

15 Elden, Foucault’s Last Decade, 99.

16 Foucault, Michel, Security, Territory, Population. Lectures at the College de France, 1977–1978 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 184 .

17 Gros, ‘Avertissement’, v.

18 Cremonesi, Laura, Irrera, Orazio, Lorenzini, Daniele and Tazzioli, Martina, eds., Foucault and the Making of Subjects (London: Rowan & Littlefield, 2016), 8 .

19 Foucault, Michel, L’origine de l’herméneutique de soi (Paris: Vrin, 2013), 50 .

20 Fruchaud, Henri-Paul and Lorenzini, Daniele, ‘Introduction’, in Michel Foucault, Dire Vrai sur soi-même (Paris: Vrin, 2017), 20 .

21 Elden, Foucault’s Last Decade, 127.

22 Foucault, Les Aveux de la chair, 365.

23 Foucault, Michel, The Will to Knowledge (Middlesex: Penguin, 1981), 57 .

24 Lorenzini, Daniele, Revel, Arienne and Sforzini, Arianna, eds., Michel Foucault. Éthique et vérité (1980–1984) (Paris: Vrin, 2015), 10 .

25 Revel, Judith, Foucault avec Merleau-Ponty. Ontologie politique, présentisme et histoire (Paris: Vrin, 2015), 77 .

26 Foucault, Michel, ‘Foucault étudie la raison d’État’, in Michel Foucault, Dits et écrits II. 1976–1984 (Paris: Gallimard, 2001), text no. 280.

27 Lorenzini et al. Michel Foucault; Cremonesi, Laura, Irrera, Orazio, Lorenzini, Daniele and Tazzioli, Martina, eds., Foucault and the Making of Subjects, (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); Revel, Foucault avec Merleau-Ponty; Lorenzini, Daniele, Ethique et politique de soi. Foucault, Hadot, Cavell et les techniques de l’ordinaire (Paris: Vrin, 2015).

28 Arnold I. Davidson, ‘La fin de l’herméneutique de soi’, in Lorenzini et al. Michel Foucault, 67.

29 Pradeau, Jean-François, ‘Le sujet ancien d’une éthique moderne. A propos des exercices spirituels anciens dans l’Histoire de la sexualité’, in Frédéric Gros, ed., Foucault: Le courage de la vérité (Paris: PUF, 2002), 147 .

30 For a detailed view of Foucault’s relation to the French socialism, see Audier, Serge, Penser le ‘néolibéralisme’: le moment néolibéral, Foucault et la crise du socialisme (Paris: Le bord de l’eau, 2015).

31 Foucault, Michel, ‘The Subject and Power’, in Hubert Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow, Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1982), 208226 .

32 Foucault, ‘The Subject and Power’.

33 Ibid.

34 Foucault, Qu’est ce que la critique?, 120.

35 Foucault, Michel, ‘Une mobilisation culturelle’, Le Nouvel Observateur, 670, 12–18 Sept. (1977), 49. Available online at http://1libertaire.free.fr/MFoucault344.html (last visited 6 Sept. 2018).

36 Cremonesi et al. Foucault and the making of subjects, 8.

37 Ibid.

38 Daniele Lorenzini, ‘Foucault, Regimes of Truth and the Making of the Subject’, in Cremonesi et al., Foucault and the making of subject, 67.

39 Arnold I. Davidson, ‘La fin de l’Herméneutique de soi’, 68.

40 Cremonesi et al. Foucault and the making of subjects, 8.

41 Ibid., 73.

42 Foucault, Qu’est ce que la critique?, 143.

43 Foucault, Michel, ‘What is Enlightenment?’ in Paul Rabinow, ed., The Foucault Reader (New York: Pantheon Books, 1984), 3250 .

44 Foucault, Qu’est ce que la critique?.

45 Ibid., 39.

46 Foucault, L’origine de l’herméneutique de soi, 37n.

47 Foucault, Michel, ‘The Social Triumph of the Sexual Will: A Conversation with Michel Foucault’, Christopher Street, 6, 4 (1982), 3641 .

48 See especially Scott Christofferson, Michael, French Intellectuals Against the Left. The antitotalitarian moment of the 1970s (New York: Berghahn, 2004).

49 The most famous example is probably the lecture he gave in 1981. Foucault, Michel, ‘Face aux gouvernements, les droits de l’homme’, Libération, 967, 30 June–1 July (1984), 22. Available online at http://1libertaire.free.fr/MFoucault162.html (last visited 6 Sept. 2018).

50 Foucault quoted in Golder, Ben, Foucault and the Politics of Rights, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015), 15 .

51 For a more detailed discussion on the status of the subject in Foucault’s thought, see especially the classic reference work on the topic, Dews, Peter ‘The Return of the Subject in Late Foucault’, Radical Philosophy, 51 (Spring 1989), 3741 .

52 Golder, Foucault and the Politics of Rights, 62.

53 Ibid., 9.

54 Ibid., 51.

55 Foucault, L’origine de l’herméneutique de soi, 39.

56 Cremonesi et al., Foucault and the making of subjects, 7

57 Dilts, Andrew, ‘From ‘entrepreneur of the self’ to ‘care of the self’: neo-liberal governmentality and Foucault’s ethics’, Foucault Studies, 12 (2011), 141 .

58 Golder, Foucault and the Politics of Rights, 57.

59 Ibid., 58.

60 Ibid., 92.

61 Ibid., 96.

62 Ibid., 91.

63 Stuart Elden, Foucault’s Last Decade, 103.

64 Behrent, Michael, ‘Liberalism without Humanism: Michel Foucault and the Free-Market Creed, 1976–1979’, Modern Intellectual History, 6, 3 (2009), 539568 .

65 Golder, Foucault and the Politics of Rights, 188n.

66 Dean, Mitchell and Villadsen, Kaspar, Statephobia and Civil Society (London: Stanford University Press, 2016).

67 Foucault, ‘The Subject and Power’, 215.

68 Ibid.

69 Foucault, Michel, The Birth of Biopolitics (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 259260 .

70 Ibid., 260n.

71 Dean, Mitchell, ‘Foucault and the Neoliberalism Controversy’ in Damien Cahill, Melinda Cooper, Martijn Konings and David Primrose, eds., The Sage Handbook of Neoliberalism (New York: Sage, 2018), 4054 .

72 Becker, Gary, Ewald, François and Harcourt, Bernard, ‘“Becker on Ewald on Foucault on Becker”: American Neoliberalism and Michel Foucault’s 1979 “Birth of Biopolitics” Lectures’ (Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics Working Paper No. 614, 2012), 7 .

73 Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics, 258.

74 Audier, Serge, ‘Quand Foucault découvre le néolibéralisme, Prophétie géniale ou symptôme d’une crise de la gauche?’, in Daniel Zamora and Michael C. Behrent, Foucault et le néolibéralisme (Brussels: Aden, 2018).

75 Revel, Foucault avec Merleau-Ponty, 51.

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