Colin Gordon on a really important piece of Foucault scholarship.
A note on Philippe Chevallier’s Michel Foucault et le christianisme
by Colin Gordon, July 2012
Philippe Chevallier’s Michel Foucault et le christianisme waspublished in France by ENS Editions last December. Foucault’s recently, and imminently to be published work (notably the 1984, 1980 and Louvain lectures) are adding substantially to the available fraction of his unfinished work on the Christian genealogy and archaeology of knowledge, power and ethics, and it is likely that earlier major works including the History of Madness will be profitably revisited in this new light. The picture is not yet complete: there are two full-length manuscripts from the History of Sexuality, one abandoned text dating from 1978 (“Le corps et la chair” until recently thought to have been destroyed), and a draft version of the volume 4 (“Les aveux de la chair”), announced just before Foucault’s death. The…
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