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Why Is Foucault So Hard To Read?

Which is to say…why does he compose such long, fragmented, dependent sentences? You would not be the first to answer this question, and if it makes you feel better, plenty of well-educated, highly-respected scholars took Foucault (pronounced “Fu-ko”) to task for this during his lifetime (and afterward). 1,198 more words



I wrote this last week and am finally getting around to publishing it:

I skipped over a part of my lecture Thursday because of time that I’d like to revisit on the blog today. 791 more words


Foucault: Points to Ponder

When we were discussing Michel Foucault’s Panopticism, I could not help but to see resemblances in his ideas in another work by him that I read last semester. 187 more words

Notes on False Consciousness.

While the institution of the subaltern’s sensorium does void the possibility of conceptual opposition, I think we should nevertheless resist an interpretation of this as false consciousness, or of the work of mythology as a distortion of ‘true’ class interest. 697 more words


Michel Foucault. Le pouvoir et la bataille (2014)

Philippe Chevallier, Michel Foucault. Le pouvoir et la bataille, Presses Universitaires de France, 2014

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Le pouvoir n’est pas ce dont certains se saisissent un beau matin, pour ensuite le perdre ou le céder au gré des événements. 377 more words


Keith Harris reblogged this on My Desiring-Machines and commented:

My rough translation of the description of this book: Power is not what some capture as a beautiful morning, and then lose or give away as events. At the margins of our lives, power is exercised and ceaselessly strives to expand. This was the great lesson of Michel Foucault, marking the end of dreams – those of revolution, of transgression, of prophecy – and the return of seriousness in philosophy. Power reserves surprises for the one who dares to analyze it. Both strong and weak, certain and equivocal, persistent but reversible, power seems perpetually menaced by another thing the opposition reflects in its exercise. How to report this paradox of power without interrogating its place of emergence, or – if one wants to conjure the chimeras of origin – its limit? What is this other of power, which both underpins, jeopardizes, and haunts philosophical writing? We will call this other: battle. It is this obscure region around power, underdeveloped by Foucault, yet presented in this work that we try to approach. (I welcome corrections, as I am just starting to learn French!)

Foucault and Contemporary Surveillance

An essay I wrote for my 300-level Contemporary Political Theory course. As always, discussion or critique appreciated. This essay considers the relevance of Foucault’s theory of the Panopticon (borrowed from Jeremy Bentham) in modern surveillance; in other words, is it true that we are all kept in line by a fear of surveillance? 1,279 more words