Category Archives: The Early Foucault

Stuart Elden’s Foucault books reviewed and discussed (PAIS News)

Stuart Elden’s Foucault books reviewed and discussed Stuart Elden’s two books Foucault’s Last Decade (Polity 2016) and Foucault: The Birth of Power (Polity 2017) have recently been reviewed and discussed in a number of places. A review of both books can be found in The … Continue reading

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The differences between the English and French versions of Foucault’s 1983 interview on Raymond Roussel

As an appendix to the English translation of Foucault’s book on Raymond Roussel, entitled Death and the Labyrinth, there is an interview with the translator Charles Ruas. It’s a revealing interview in many ways, but the particular interest I have … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault Update 13: Writing during Termtime

Even though it is now well into term, with all the things that entails, I have been able to make small bits of progress on The Early Foucault manuscript. I’ve said before how I try to write for two hours in … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault Update 12: A writing/cycling retreat and some time in London’s libraries

As I said at the end of the last update on this book project, after the week in the Paris archives I took a week away on a kind of writing/cycling retreat. It started as the idea of a holiday, … Continue reading

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Daniel Defert on the Foucault-Sartre relation – a 1990 letter

This was not a source I knew about before: Daniel Defert, “Lettre à Claude Lanzmann”, Les Temps Modernes, No 531-533, Vol 2, 1990,  pp. 1201-1206. It’s a short piece in a massive 1400 page collection devoted to Sartre, ten years after … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault update 11: Working in the Canguilhem archive at the École normale supérieure and at the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève

I’ve been in Paris again for a few days, this time mainly to work at the Canguilhem archive at the Centre d’Archives de Philosophie, d’Histoire et d’Édition des Sciences (CAPHÉS) at the École normale supérieure. The collection comprises multiple boxes … Continue reading

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The Southern Journal of Philosophy – Spindel supplement on Critical Theories of the Present (open access)

The proceedings of last year’s Spindel Conference at the University of Memphis on the topic “Critical Histories of the Present” have now been published in The Southern Journal of Philosophy. Edited by Verena Erlenbusch, it has contributions from Bilge Akbalik, … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault update 10: translations of Binswanger, von Weizsäcker and by ‘G-J Verdeaux’

After a too-short holiday, I’ve been back working on the Foucault book. Although I’d drafted some of this material before, my focus has been on the translations of Binswanger and von Weizsäcker. With Binswanger’s ‘Dream and Existence’, Foucault was not … Continue reading

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Books received – Eribon, von Weizsäcker, Althusser, Žižek, Wyrsch, Foucault, Funnell & Dodds, Bier

Some recently received books – Eribon, von Weizsäcker, Wyrsch, Bochner & Halpern, and The Cambridge Companion for the research on the early Foucault, plus Althusser, Žižek and Lisa Funnell & Klaus Dodds’s Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond in recompense for … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault update 9: from Shakespeare back to Foucault and Canguilhem

I’ve spent most of the first half of the summer revising my Shakespeare manuscript, which is now resubmitted. But I have been doing a little work on the early Foucault in the meantime, and on Canguilhem. With the latter, much … Continue reading

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