DescriptionMichel Foucault is recognized as one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers, however the authors in this volume contend that more use can be made of Foucault than has yet been done and that some of the uses to which Foucault has so far been put run the risk of and occasionally simply amount to misuse.
This interdisciplinary volume brings together a group of esteemed scholars, recognized for their command of and insights into Foucault's oeuvre. They demonstrate the many respects in which Foucault's project of an ontology of the present remains vital and continues to yield compelling insights and show that an ontology of the present is restricted to no particular terrain, but instead ranges widely and on paths that frequently intersect.
The essays in this much-needed new collection address the key components of Foucault's thought, ranging from his approach to power, biopolitics and parrhesia to analysis of key texts such as Folie et Déraison and Histoire de la sexualité.
This collection will spark debate amongst students and scholars alike and demonstrates that that every further encounter with Foucault's corpus is more likely than not to demand a revisiting of interpretations already formulated, conclusions already drawn, uses already devised.
Contributors include Didier Eribon, Eric Fassin, John Forrester, Ian Hacking, Lynne Huffer, Colin Koopman, James Laidlaw, Laurence McFalls, Mariella Pandolfi, Paul Rabinow and Cary Wolfe.
Introduction: The Use of Foucault 1
James D. Faubion
Part I: Object Lessons
1 The Undefined Work of Freedom: Foucault’s Genealogy and the Anthropology of Ethics 23
2 Déraison 38
3 Foucault’s Evil Genius 52
4 Toward an Ethics of Subjectivation: French Resistances to Psychoanalysis in the 1970s 71
5 Michel Foucault’s Critical Empiricism Today: Concepts and Analytics in the Critique of Biopower and Infopower 88
6 Foucault’s Face: The Personal is the Theoretical 112
Part II: Cases in Point
7 Biopower, Sexual Democracy, and the Racialization of Sex 131
8 “A New Schema of Politicization”: Thinking Humans, Animals, and Biopolitics with Foucault 152
9 Parrhesia and Therapeusis: Foucault on and in the World of Contemporary Neoliberalism 168
Laurence McFalls and Mariella Pandolfi
10 Foucault, Marx, Neoliberalism: Unveiling Undercover Boss 188
11 Assembling Untimeliness: Permanently and Restively 203
12 Constantine Cavafy: A Parrhesiast for the Cynic of the Future 225
James D. Faubion
Simon During, University of Queensland
"Now is an appropriate time to reassess Foucault's work, to reflect upon its significance, relevance, and impact. These wide-ranging and challenging essays by leading figures in the field demonstrate the extraordinary breadth and depth of Foucault’s contribution to the social sciences and humanities."
Barry Smart, University of Portsmouth
"Foucault Now shows that 'Foucault then' is as relevant today as ever he was. The essays collected here traverse the full range of Foucault’s work. In situating his concerns and methods within the politics of his times, they also connect them to the politics of the present with a compelling urgency. Foucault's originality still astonishes, and he remains simply indispensable."
Tony Bennett, University of Western Sydney
- Interdisciplinary volume that addresses key themes of Foucault’s thought, including biopolitics and parrhesia
- Provides analysis of key texts such as ‘Folie et Deraison’ and ‘Histoire de la sexualite’
- Features innovative contributions from leading Foucault scholars such as Didier Eribon, Ian Hacking and Cary Wolfe
- Contributors argue that Foucault’s thought demands a revisiting of previously-drawn interpretations