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Foucault, ‘Society Must Be Defended’: Lecture 6, 11/02/1975 – French Counterhistory

In the Middle Ages and Renaissance in France a story was quite widespread regarding the country’s origins. This story claimed that it was Trojans, fleeing the sack of Troy, who would eventually become Franks and the contemporary French. What is fascinating about this legend, as Foucault notes in this lecture, is that it seemingly elidesContinue reading “Foucault, ‘Society Must Be Defended’: Lecture 6, 11/02/1975 – French Counterhistory”

Foucault, ‘Society Must Be Defended’: Lecture 5, 04/02/1975 – War and Sovereignty

To begin this lecture, Foucault turns to a question that was raised to him following the previous one: why did he not address the issue of religious racism, and specifically anti-Semitism? To clarify this point, Foucault says that he was not trying to trace the history of racism in the general or traditional sense. Rather,Continue reading “Foucault, ‘Society Must Be Defended’: Lecture 5, 04/02/1975 – War and Sovereignty”

Foucault, ‘Society Must Be Defended’: Lecture 4, 28/01/1975 – Race War

Foucault begins this lecture by clarifying that what he was tracing and praising last week was the discourse of race war, yet he maintains that this is something distinct from racist discourse. The latter is a sociobiological reworking of the older discourse of race war (the war within society) for the purposes of social conservatismContinue reading “Foucault, ‘Society Must Be Defended’: Lecture 4, 28/01/1975 – Race War”

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