Foucault: a Verso bookshelf

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Three decades after his death, Michel Foucault remains one of the towering intellectual figures of the last half-century. Thomas Lemke's new study - Foucault’s Analysis of Modern Governmentality - offers the most comprehensive and systematic account of Michel Foucault’s work on power and government from 1970 until his death in 1984 (read an excerpt here!).

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Lemke offers the most comprehensive and systematic account of Michel Foucault’s work on power and government from 1970 until his death in 1984. He convincingly argues, using material that has only partly been translated into English, that Foucault’s concern with ethics and forms of subjectivation is always already integrated into his political concerns and his analytics of power. The book also shows how the concept of government was taken up in different lines of research in France before it gave rise to “governmentality studies” in the anglophone world. A Critique of Political Reason provides a clear and well-structured exposition that is theoretically challenging but also accessible for a wider audience. Thus, the book can be read both as an original examination of Foucault’s concept of government and as a general introduction to his “genealogy of power’.

Adorno, Foucault, and the Critique of the West argues that critical theory continues to offer valuable resources for critique and contestation during this turbulent period in our history. To assess these resources, it examines the work of two of the twentieth century’s more prominent social theorists: Theodor W. Adorno and Michel Foucault.

From 1971 until his death in 1984, Foucault gave public lectures at the famous Collège de France. Attended by thousands, they created the benchmarks for contemporary social enquiry. In this book, these seminal events are collected together.

When he died of an AIDS-related condition in 1984, Michel Foucault had become the most influential French philosopher since the end of World War Two. His powerful studies have had a lasting impact on philosophers, historians, critics, and novelists the world over. But as public as he was in his militant campaigns on behalf of prisoners, dissidents, and homosexuals, he shrouded his personal life in mystery. In The Lives of Michel Foucault David Macey gives the richest account to date of Foucault’s life and work, informed as it is by the complex issues arising from his writings.

A lucid and elegant survey of Foucault's corpus, as well as a major intervention in the debate over the nature of Foucault's work.

In this book Dominique Lecourt presents an exposition of Bachelard's epistemological writings and then offers a critique of that epistemology and of the works of Canguilhem and Foucault from a Marxist-Leninist viewpoint. In an introduction written especially for the English edition he compares Bachelard's positions with those of the different, but in some respects analogous, Anglo-Saxon traditions in epistemology descending from the works of Karl Popper, in particular with Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

In this established classic, sociologists Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello get to the heart of contemporary capitalism.

A definitive collection of Bentham’s work on the modelprison, key to Foucault’s theory of power.

Analyzing the different frames through which we experience war, Butler calls for a reorientation of the Left.

The Hegelian legacy, Left strategy, and post-structuralism versus Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Pits the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan against the historicist approach of Michel Foucault to develop a profound critique of historicism.

In The Future of the Image, Jacques Rancière develops a fascinating new concept of the image in contemporary art, showing how art and politics have always been intrinsically intertwined. Covering a range of art movements, filmmakers such as Godard and Bresson, and thinkers such as Foucault, Deleuze, Adorno, Barthes, Lyotard and Greenberg, Rancière shows that contemporary theorists of the image are suffering from religious tendencies.

Over forty years of French philosophy through the eyes of its greatest living exponent.

A new vision of politics “below the radar”.

A far-reaching deconstruction of neoliberalism’s economic agenda, political imposition and mystifying techniques.

A journey through twentieth-century philosophy with the titan of French thought.

What have been the major changes in the intellectual landscape of the left since the mid seventies? Have they on balance represented an emancipation or a retreat for socialist culture as a whole? In the Tracks of Historical Materialism looks at some of the paradoxes in the evolution of Marxist thought in this period.

A major work of Marxist theory—rigorous, clear-minded and well-researched.

In this hugely influential book, Laclau and Mouffe examine the workings of hegemony and contemporary social struggles, and their significance for democratic theory. With the emergence of new social and political identities, and the frequent attacks on Left theory for its essentialist underpinnings, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy remains as relevant as ever, positing a much-needed antidote against 'Third Way' attempts to overcome the antagonism between Left and Right.