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How Foucault Can Improve Sartre's Theory of Authentic Political Community

Kevin Boileau

I believe that Sartre's theory of groups, coupled with the suppressed social ontology of BN, does provide an account of how positive and constructive social relations are possible, theoretically and practically. This explicates and makes intelligible the aspect of his concept of authentic existence that requires us to act on behalf of the freedom of all. Sartre's theory of the group does provide a basis for practical union and common effort in our social world, whereby "common" individuals can enrich their concrete freedom.

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Sartre, Foucault and the Critique of (Dialectical) Reason

Thomas R. Flynn

“Dialectical” stands in parentheses because I wish to discuss both authors in terms of a critique of reason as such in addition to specifying the issue in terms of their respective assessments of the dialectic. But I shall first consider how each employs the term “critique.” So my remarks will focus on Critique, Reason and Dialectic in that order. Of course, each topic understandably bleeds into the others. In view of the occasion, I shall conclude with a brief sketch of four milestones along Sartre's way from Being and Nothingness to the Critique.

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A Truth that is Justice, a Writhing that is Truth

Adam Sitze

The thesis I consider in this essay takes the form of a chiasmus. Just as Heidegger’s Nazism requires us to re-evaluate his 1943 interpretation of Nietzsche as an instance of what Michel Foucault, in a 1978 interview, called a “regime of truth” (Foucault 1980: 133), so too does Foucault’s 1983 claim that a Heideggerian reading of Nietzsche determined his philosophical development (Foucault 1996: 430) call for us to inquire into the “unthought” of Foucault’s philosophical project. To re-read Heidegger by way of Foucault, I submit, is also to re-read Foucault by way of Heidegger. At stake in this thesis is how to understand Foucault’s concept of “power”. Or, more to the point, at stake is how to understand the twist with which Foucault closes that same 1978 interview: “The political question, to sum up, is not error, illusion, alienated consciousness or ideology; it is truth itself. Hence the importance of Nietzsche” (Foucault 1980: 133).

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Lenience in Systems of Religious Meaning and Practice

Maya Mayblin and Diego Malara

exertion and relaxation, of will power and self-abstention come at us from a bewildering number of angles. Discipline, it would seem, is thus no less ubiquitous, no less penetrating, no less a driver of subjectivity than when under Foucault’s famous gaze

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Ideas, Powers and Politics

Lawrence Hamilton

, for now at least, I think it important to correct one aspect of his emphasis and focus Foucault’s sceptical lens back on his alternative mechanism for diagnosing domination: the rights recognition thesis. First, while Foucault’s account of power is

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Sources of Anxiety About the Party in Radical Political Theory

Marcelo Hoffman

to explore the sources of anxiety about the party form on the left through the reflections of three major thinkers in radical political theory: Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault and Alain Badiou. These remarkably heterogeneous thinkers are uniquely placed

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Crossing Boundaries

The Case of Wanda Wasilewska and Polish Communism

Agnieszka Mrozik

themselves and their environment. As Michel Foucault wrote: “Revolution … was [for communists] not just a political project; it was also a form of life.” 2 In one of his lectures delivered at the Collège de France in the early 1980s, Foucault noted that since

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Gobernanza hídrica como securitización socioambiental en la subcuenca La Sabana–Tres Palos, Acapulco

Erick Alfonso Galán Castro, América Libertad Rodríguez Herrera, and José Luis Rosas-Acevedo

Foucault. A saber: el Consejo de Administración del Organismo Operador de Agua denominado Comisión de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado del Municipio de Acapulco (CAPAMA), el Consejo de Cuenca del Río La Sabana–Laguna de Tres Palos, y una experiencia de gestión

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Waiting for the Inevitable

Permanent Emergency, Therapeutic Domination and Homo Pandemicus

Laurence Mcfalls and Mariella Pandolfi

( Kidder 2000 ). Like Farmer a practising doctor and an anthropologist, Didier Fassin (1996 , 2009 , 2010 ) brought together his own field experience around the world with Médecins sans frontières and his reading of Foucault's work on biopolitics to

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Producing Space for Shakespeare

Rowan Mackenzie

how Shakespeare can enable those who are imprisoned in some way to create mental space within their confines or to transcend restrictive boundaries. Foucault's writing on the way in which space is used to embed power and control is particularly useful