Category Archives: Books

The Early Foucault update 26 – Defert, Wahl, Warsaw, Hamburg, Dumézil

Since the last update, and a short holiday in Wales, I’ve been systematically going through each of the previously drafted chapters, and doing a bit of reorganization. I’ve also worked through all the issues of Le Magazine Littéraire which have theme … Continue reading

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Books received – Martin Jones, Cities and Regions in Crisis and some for the early Foucault work

A copy of Martin Jones, Cities and Regions in Crisis, generously sent by Martin, and some second-hand ones for The Early Foucault work. Clavel, Mauriac and Italiaander all knew Foucault at different times, and Pestana is a useful study of his early … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault update 25 – back after a long break on other projects

It’s been over five months since I posted an update on The Early Foucault, and it is only in the last couple of weeks that I’ve really been back at work on the manuscript. In the spring and early summer … Continue reading

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‘Why should people interested in territory read Shakespeare?’ article in Territory, Politics, Governance now published

My article ‘Why should people interested in territory read Shakespeare?‘ is now published in Territory, Politics, Governance. It’s been available online for a while, but is now officially in an issue of the journal. If you don’t have institutional access, … Continue reading

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Foucault’s Inaugural lecture at the Collège de France, L’ordre du discours – comparison of the two different versions

Foucault’s Inaugural lecture at the Collège de France was delivered on 2 December 1970, one week before the beginning of his first course, published as Leçons sur la volonté de savoir and translated as Lectures on the Will to Know. The … Continue reading

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Canguilhem (Polity 2019) reviewed by David Beer at The Sociological Review

My recent book Canguilhem (Polity, 2019) is reviewed by David Beer at The Sociological Review. In his new book, his ninth authored volume, Stuart Elden casts his laser vision on the frequently overlooked work of Georges Canguilhem. A keystone in … Continue reading

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‘Tripping his brains out’ – Foucault in California reviewed in the TLS (and a clarification on chronology)

‘Tripping his brains out‘ – Simeon Wade’s memoir Foucault in California is reviewed in the TLS. The piece generously quotes my work in Foucault’s Last Decade. But there is one key problem to the idea that this experience changed the course of … Continue reading

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Canguilhem, Shakespeare, Snowdonia, Klagenfurt

Last week I was in Cambridge for a book launch for Canguilhem (Polity 2019). The event was introduced by Inanna Hamati-Ataya, and Simon Reid-Henry provided a generous and incisive reading of the book. There was a good discussion, and I’m grateful … Continue reading

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Canguilhem (@politybooks, 2019) reviewed by Steve Hanson at Manchester Review of Books

My recent book Canguilhem (Polity, 2019) is reviewed by Steve Hanson at Manchester Review of Books (open access). I went through this book on Georges Canguilhem by Stuart Elden in strides, thanks to his excellent explanatory craft. He lays out … Continue reading

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Canguilhem – short post on the Polity blog

I’ve written a short piece about George Canguilhem and my book on him at the Polity blog. More details on the book itself can be found here. On Valentine’s day 1966, Louis Althusser wrote to his translator and lover Franca … Continue reading

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