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Foucault and Soviet dissidents

Welcome to the michel-foucault.com site. This site provides a variety of resources relating to the work of the famous French philosopher who lived from 1926 to 1984.

My book on Foucault (2005)

Foucault News blog.

Quote for July 2013

It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticise the workings of institutions, which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticise and attack them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight against them

Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, (2011) [1974]. Human Nature: Justice vs Power. The Chomsky-Foucault Debate (London: Souvenir Press), Edited by Fons Elders, p. 49.


This site is going to be completely updated soon(ish). The coding and design on this site was done in 2007 which now makes it a dinosaur in web terms!

Wanted: audiotapes of Foucault's 1973 lectures

Le Seuil and Gallimard, publishers of the official French editions of Michel Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France, are looking for copies of audio tape recordings of Foucault's lecture series on La société punitive at the Collège de France in Winter and Spring 1973.

These lectures were delivered from January to March 1973. If you have any tapes of these lectures or any information leading to the discovery of such tapes, please contact Caroline Pichon at caroline.pichon@seuil.com , tel: +33 1 41 48 83 43.