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Latest Michel Foucault Stories

2008-10-02 03:00:41

By Coy, Jason P SECTION 4 DISEASE Madness, Religion and the State in Early Modem Europe: A Bavarian Beacon. By David Lederer (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xix plus 361 pp. $90.00). In Madness, Religion, and the State, David Lederer examines the role of "spiritual physic"-pastoral care provided by the clergy-in the treatment of mental disorders in early modern Bavaria, as well as the contribution of these religious remedies to modern psychology and psychoanalysis. Analyzing...

2007-06-28 12:05:17

By Rajan, Tilottama Reading between Derrida and Foucault, this paper situates deconstruction within Foucault's reorganization of knowledge in The Order of Things. While Foucault abandons this work for a history of material practices, Derrida's writings on the university continue it, but with a new and strategically Foucaultian focus on governmentality and power. In the 1980s and thereafter, Jacques Derrida began to explore explicitly the question of the university implicit in his earlier...

2007-03-28 08:04:30

By Helps, Lisa Taking into consideration the theoretical literature on the body generated in various disciplines and recent approaches to the body in Canadian historical writing, this essay argues that attention to the power of the body as defined by Spinoza, Nietzsche, and Gilles Deleuze can offer new possibilities for historical praxis. An exploration of works on women's bodies and medicine, children's bodies, the bodies of First Nations peoples, and the treatment of dead bodies, as well...

2004-11-25 03:00:00

French theory is dead. Long may it live. IT'S A BITTERSWEET TIME for those of us who, once upon a time, fell in love with "theory." Theory-that's the brusque American shorthand term for the work of a group of mostly French philosophers and cultural critics, from Michel Foucault to Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida to Jacques Lacan, Luce Irigaray to Jean Baudrillard. Beginning in the late 1960s, their ideas about the nature of language, the truth claims of philosophy, the ways power is exerted...