New books for the new year

Two new (to me) books:

Veyne, Paul

1. Edition – May 2010

ca. 19.90 Euro
2010. 216 Pages, Softcover
ISBN-10: 0-7456-4642-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-7456-4642-8 – John Wiley & Sons
Short description
Michel Foucault and Paul Veyne: the philosopher and the historian. Two major figures in the world of ideas, resisting all attempts at categorization. Two timeless thinkers who have long walked and fought together. In this short book Paul Veyne offers a fresh portrait of his friend and relaunches the debate about his ideas and legacy. ‘Foucault is not who you think he is’, writes Veyne; he stood neither on the left nor on the right and was frequently disowned by both. He was not so much a structuralist as a sceptic, an empiricist disciple of Montaigne, who never ceased in his work to reflect on ‘truth games’, on singular, constructed truths that belonged to their own time.

A unique testimony by a scholar who knew Foucault well, this book succeeds brilliantly in grasping the core of his thought and in stripping away the confusions and misunderstandings that have so often characterized the interpretation of Foucault and his work.

From the contents
* I. In universal history, everything is singular: ‘discourse’
* II. There is no ‘a priori’ that is not historical
* III. Foucault’s scepticism
* IV. Archaeology
* V. Universalism, universals, epigenesis: the beginnings of Christianity
* VI. Notwithstanding Heidegger, man is an intelligent animal
* VII. The physical and human sciences: Foucault’s programme
* VIII. A sociological history of truths: knowledge, power, the set-up
* IX. Was Foucault a corrupter of the young? Was he the despair of the workers’ movement?
* X. Foucault and politics
* XI. Portrait of a samurai

Foucault in an Age of Terror
Essays on Biopolitics and the Defence of Society
Palgrave Macmillan

Rethinking Foucault in an Age of Terror focuses on the relationship between literary culture, power, society and war, assessing the critical importance of Michel Foucault’s lecture series Society Must Be Defended for contemporary debates about war and terror in literary and cultural studies, as well as social and political thought.

Foucault’s Society Must Be Defended develops his historical investigations of power and knowledge to examine how society is constituted in and through relations of force, conflict and domination, articulating his account of sovereignty and biopolitics with his theory of force and war to bring a new dimension to our understanding of these fraught issues. His lectures focused in part on English society and culture, and in this respect offer an important and timely challenge to the discipline of contemporary English Studies. In response to this challenge, scholars in history, politics, as well as literary and cultural studies consider the role literary and cultural texts play in the historical and theoretical conjunction of war, society and politics Foucault outlined.


Notes on Contributors
Life Struggles: War, Disciplinary Power and Biopolitics; J.Reid
‘Power’s ode to itself’: History, Power and Poetry in the Post-Waterloo Writing of Hazlitt, Byron and Shelley: S.Bainbridge
Sovereignty, Biopolitics, and the Use of Literature: Michel Foucault and Kathy Acker; A.Houen
Michel Foucault: Biopolitics and Biology; J.Marks
Biopower, Biological Racism and Eugenics; C.Hanson
Michel Foucault: Defending Society and the Idea of Race; D.Macey
War and Peace, or Governmentality as the Ruin of Democracy; L.Hartley
Necropolitics; A.Mbembe
A Geopolitical Blindspot in Foucault’s Thought: Biopolitics, Torture and Indefinite Detention in the Colonial World; S.Morton
‘Manual for a Raid’ and ‘Henslowe’s Diary’: Foucault and the Multiple Meanings of the Document; R.Fensome
Foucault, Auden and two New York Septembers; S.Bygrave

One Response

  1. I just picked this book up a few days ago and I must say that Necropolitics was a great essay.

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