Foucault and Neoliberalism by Behrent, Michael C.; Zamora, Daniel (eds.)

By Behrent, Michael C.; Zamora, Daniel (eds.)

Michel Foucault's loss of life in 1984 coincided with the fading away of the hopes for social transformation that characterised the postwar interval. within the many years following his loss of life, neoliberalism has triumphed and assaults on social rights became more and more daring. If Foucault used to be now not a right away witness of those years, his paintings on neoliberalism is still prescient : the query of liberalism occupies a huge position in his final works. on account that his loss of life, Foucault's conceptual gear has obtained a critical, even dominant place for a considerable phase of the world's highbrow left.

However, because the contributions to this quantity reveal, Foucault's angle in the direction of neoliberalism was once at the least equivocal. faraway from best an highbrow fight opposed to loose industry orthodoxy, Foucault turns out in lots of how one can advise it. How is one to appreciate his radical critique of the welfare country, understood as an software of biopower ? Or his aid for the pandering anti-Marxism of the so-called new philosophers ? Is it attainable that Foucault used to be seduced through neoliberalism ?

This query isn't only of biographical curiosity: it forces us to confront extra more often than not the mutations of the left due to the fact may well 1968, the disillusionment of the years that and the profound differences within the French highbrow box during the last thirty years. to appreciate the Eighties and the neoliberal triumph is to discover the main ambiguous corners of the highbrow left via certainly one of its most vital figures.

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33 M. Foucault, “Enfermement, psychiatrie, prison,” in his Dits et écrits, vol. III, 1976–1979, 334 and 335. S. et ailleurs,…” 69. 35 M. Foucault, “Pouvoirs et stratèges,” 418–20, p. 420. 36 This removal is noted by the editors of Foucault, “Questions à Michel Foucault sur la géographie,” 32. 37 M. ” Cours au Collège de France. 1975–1976 (Paris: Seuil/Gallimard, 1997), 227, 228, 230, 232–3, and 234 for the citations. In translating these passages I consulted and used some of the wording from, M.

Moreno Pestaña, Foucault, la gauche et la politique (Paris: Textuel, 2011). 3 See G. de Lagasnerie, La dernière leçon de Michel Foucault (Paris: Fayard, 2012). 1 Foucault and New Philosophy: Why Foucault Endorsed André Glucksmann's The Master Thinkers* Michael Scott Christofferson In 1977, “new philosophy” took French intellectual and political life by storm. In their runaway best-selling books, “new philosophers,” the most notable of whom were André Glucksmann and Bernard Henri Lévy, offered a radical critique of Marxism and revolutionary politics by linking them both to the Gulag.

Walter Benn Michaels, University of Illinois at Chicago Copyright page First published in French as Critiquer Foucault: Les années 1980 et la tentation néolibérale © Les Éditions Aden, 2014 This collection © Polity Press 2016 Introduction & Chapter 3 copyright © Daniel Zamora Chapters 1 & 8 copyright © Michael Scott Christofferson Chapter 2 copyright © Cambridge University Press Chapter 4 copyright © Mitchell Dean Chapter 5 copyright © Loïc Wacquant Chapter 6 copyright © Koninklijk Brill NV Chapter 7 copyright © Jean-Loup Amselle Conclusion copyright © Michael C.

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