[lit-ideas] Re: Vie et Morte de Michel Foucault

  • From: palma@xxxxxxxx
  • To: joerg benesch <jls@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx, joerg benesch <jgruel@xxxxxxxxxx>, lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>, Ursula Stange <Ursula@xxxxxxxxxx>, lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 14:03:41 -0500 (EST)

On Thu, 15 Nov 2007 wokshevs@xxxxxx wrote:

> Quoting Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx:
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> > Does someone know the address of the sauna were Foucault used to go, and
> > have anonymous sex with lots of people?
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> I believe JL now has the obligation to inform us of the evidence he has for 
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> claim. At present, this obligation is of an epistemic and moral nature.
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> Walter C. Okshevsky
> Memorial University
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> I've been to Paris but either the
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> > Do we know any stable partner of Foucault? The photos I've seen of him
> > remind me of Joseph Beuys. A bald man, pretty agressive-looking. Plus, he 
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> > possibly a snob who thought that just because he was lucky enough to have
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> > born in Paris and be able to teach at the Sorbonne, he was _above_ many.
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> > More on the _human_ side to Foucault welcome. Never mind his ideas!
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> > Cheers,
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> > JL
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> > From O. Anderson:
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> > "Foucault is best remembered for his historical inquiries into the origins
> > of
> > "disciplinary" society in a period extending from the 16th to the  19th
> > centuries. Today, however, under the conditions of global modernity,  the
> > relevance of his work has been called into question. With the  increasing
> > ubiquity of markets, the break up of centralized states and the  dissolution
> > of national boundaries, the world today seems far removed from  the bounded,
> > disciplinary societies Foucault described in his most famous  books. Far
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> > disciplinary, society today is "post panoptic," as Nancy  Fraser has
> > argued--in a move which seems to confirm Jean Baudrillard's demand  that we
> > "forget Foucault."
> > Yet in recent years, it has become apparent  that Foucault's thoughts on
> > modern society have not been exhausted, and,  indeed, that much remains to
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> > explored. While ripples from his initial  impact on English speaking
> > scholarship are still evident in such areas as the  study of discourse,
> > sexuality, the body and institutions, it is undeniably  the case that new
> > threads of Foucauldian influence have also become  available. For example,
> > his reflections on "governmentality" have by now  garnered a rich scholarly
> > focus on the conditions of personal life under the  economic liberalism. His
> > work on "biopower" has opened new terrain for  political and activist
> > discourse on globalization and population. His  accounts of panopticism and
> > surveillance have proven relevant to the study of  contemporary policing
> > practices in a post 9/11 world. Indeed, it could be  argued that, in the new
> > millennium, new threads of Foucauldian thought have  emerged, enabling
> > richer
> > understandings of power and subjectivity under  uniquely contemporary
> > conditions."
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