Category Archives: Thinkers

‘Le Temps musical’ video – Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Roland Barthes, Jean-Claude Risset, Gerald Bennett, Michel Decoust, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze

Many thanks to all who commented on Twitter and Facebook on yesterday’s photo – especially Alistair Leadbetter and Rangel Luis Manuel. From left to right, the people are Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Roland Barthes, Jean-Claude Risset, Gerald Bennett, Michel Decoust, Michel … Continue reading

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Books received – Gabrys, Arendt, de Beauvoir, Prideaux, Brown, Milgram

Jennifer Gabrys, How to do Things with Sensors; Hannah Arendt, Between Past and Future; Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex; Sue Prideaux, I am Dynamite! A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche; Wendy Brown, In the Ruins of Neoliberalism; and Stanley Milgram, Obedience to Authority. Jennifer Gabrys’s … Continue reading

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Boulez, Barthes… Foucault and Deleuze – who else is in the photo?

Yesterday I posted this picture on Twitter, asking who the three middle figures were – left to right, Boulez, Barthes, ?, ?, ?, Foucault and Deleuze. The photo was taken from Monoskop, which says it was taken at IRCAM, Paris, … Continue reading

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Wendy Brown, In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West, Columbia UP, 2019 – and New Books Network discussion

Wendy Brown, In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West, Columbia University Press, 2019 Across the West, hard-right leaders are surging to power on platforms of ethno-economic nationalism, Christianity, and traditional family values. Is this phenomenon the … Continue reading

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Setha Low and Mark Maguire (eds.), Spaces of Security: Ethnographies of Securityscapes, Surveillance, and Control – NYU Press, 2019

Setha Low and Mark Maguire (eds.), Spaces of Security: Ethnographies of Securityscapes, Surveillance, and Control – NYU Press, 2019 An ethnographic investigation into the dynamics between space and security in countries around the world It is difficult to imagine two … Continue reading

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Books received – Foucault, Althusser, Dumézil, Kant

Some older books by Althusser, Dumézil, and Kant, and the most recent collection of Foucault’s lectures and writings, Folie, language, littérature, sent by the publisher.

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The Selected Writings of Pierre Hadot, translated by Matthew Sharpe and Federico Testa, Bloomsbury, 2019

The Selected Writings of Pierre Hadot, translated by Matthew Sharpe and Federico Testa, Bloomsbury, 2019 This collection of writings from Pierre Hadot (1992-2010) presents, for the first time, previously unreleased and in some cases untranslated materials from one of the … Continue reading

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Foucault resources – some updates and reorganisation

While I’ve been writing the sequence of books on Foucault for Polity – Foucault’s Last Decade;  Foucault: The Birth of Power and the ongoing The Early Foucault – I’ve been making available some research resources. These have included bibliographies, lists of audio and … Continue reading

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Books received – Arendt, Bataille, Wahl

Some books recently bought second-hand – mainly by Hannah Arendt but also Bataille’s Eroticism and Jean Wahl, Esquisse pour une histoire de l’existentialisme. I’ve read most of the Arendt books before, but I’m teaching her again this year and so it’s helpful … Continue reading

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Kate Kirkpatrick, Becoming Beauvoir: A Life – Bloomsbury, 2019 (and short piece in The Guardian)

Kate Kirkpatrick, Becoming Beauvoir: A Life – Bloomsbury, 2019 “One is not born a woman, but becomes one”, Simone de Beauvoir A symbol of liberated womanhood, Simone de Beauvoir’s unconventional relationships inspired and scandalised her generation. A philosopher, writer, and … Continue reading

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