Foucault and Poltical Philosophy
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Philosophy
Course Number: GPHI 6132
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Social Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Liberal Arts
Foucault’s relationship to the tradition of political philosophy is contested. Commentators have argued that he opposes all traditional understandings of politics and that his genealogical studies of specific issues such as sexuality and delinquency have no necessary or generalizable political entailments. The ongoing publication of Foucault’s Collège de France lecture series has changed our understanding of him as a political thinker, however. In many of these lectures Foucault presents his ideas through a detailed commentary on canonical texts from the Western tradition of political philosophy. He gives us provocative readings of such key works as Plato’s Republic and Hobbes’ Leviathan, for example, as well as engaging with many other political philosophers.
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