Excerpts: 1975 interview on the role of prisons

In 1975 the New York Times translated an interview with Foucault “on the role of prisons” (originally carried out by Roger Pol-Doit in Le Monde). This constitutes DE 151.

This interview is available online as part of a special feature on Foucault that was originally put together by the NYT in 2000.

On the Role of Prisons.

While there, one can also read Martha Nussbaum’s review of the Use of Pleasure, in which she claims Foucault could read neither Latin nor Greek, and found the book very disappointing. She says that Foucault “interrupted writing” for several years after the publication of the first volume. I think today we would modulate and challenge these opinions with what we know about Foucault’s writing and reading.


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