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Doing Justice to the Past

New co-written article out in Philosophy & Social Criticism.

Very pleased! Just in time for, and relevant to, Australia Day debates.


In this article, we argue that the usual restriction of critical theory to ‘modern’ norms is subject to problems of coherence, historical accuracy and moral obligation. 139 more words

Political Philosophy

Special Issue: Words, Things, and Beyond: Foucault's Les mots et les choses at 50

“The fact remains that Les mots et les choses merits our continued admiration and attention, and it especially calls for reconsideration today, after a half century of interpretation. 307 more words

Michel Foucault

Philosophical Fragments

Q : Why do you see the birth of the prison–and, in particular, this process you call “hurried substitution,” which in the early years of the nineteenth century establishes the prison at the center of the new penal system-as being so important?

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Mr. Toledano: A meditation on death or narcissistic empathy?

The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano is an intriguing documentary following Phillip Toledano’s quest to “know what’s going to happen to me…in the future”. 347 more words

Michel Foucault

Nicolas Drolc's new film on Serge Livrozet (trailer)

I’ve mentioned Nicolas Drolc’s film Sur les toits before. It’s a documentary on the prison revolts in the early 1970s France, with some references to the Prisons Information Group Foucault co-founded. 108 more words

Foucault and the Individual

“The individual is not to be conceived as a sort of elementary nucleus, a primitive atom, a multiple and inert material on which power comes to fasten or against which it happens to strike, and in so doing subdues or crushes individuals. 115 more words