Security, Territory, Population comprise a series of 13 lectures given from January to April 1978. Given their appearance in English we now have access to an interesting development of Foucault’s thought following the Society Must be Defended lectures of 1976; that is, the outline of governmentality and its biopolitics. His further pursuit of the development of liberalism must wait until next year’s Birth of Biopolitics is released. Here I agree with Tom Flynn when he says:
It has always struck me that Foucault saves the best for last in both his books and his lectures.
So while the next set of lectures looks more interesting, this blog entry summarizes a few things from the first three lectures (up to the famous 4th lecture on governmentality, already published.)