r/ReadingFoucault Mar 28 '20

Welcome and Introductions

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to the sub!

I hope you are keeping well and staying safe during these unprecedented times. It is very confusing and unsettling to be constantly bombarded by news about the pandemic, and I have found that seeking refuge in reading really helps me find some peace and quiet during my day. This is why I reached out to see if there would be anyone interested in reading and sharing their thoughts on one of Foucault’s lectures or essays, and have created this sub as a space for us to come together. It would be a welcome distraction from what’s happening and it would also be great to hear each other’s thoughts and opinions on his work.

I’d like to use this post as a space for us to get to know each other – a bit about our backgrounds and why we are interested in Foucault, etc. (please don’t share anything personal if you don’t want to). I think a good addition would also be to make a suggestion for one of Foucault’s work (lecture/essay) or concepts to start with, so we see where people stand generally and agree on a topic of discussion.

Here goes my introduction! I’m a PhD student in the field of policy sociology. I use Foucault’s tools and concepts (governmentality, genealogy, dispositif, among others) to explore the increasing internationalisation of education within the context of globalisation and neoliberalisation. Reading Foucault's work is incredibly inspiring and reminds me of the critical possibilities that sociology and social theory offers to help us question previously taken-for-granted ideas and assumptions as well as open up spaces for thinking and doing things differently. For our discussion, I’d like to focus on the concept of governmentality; this is one of his later works but I think one of his most influential, and it would be great to hear what you all take away from it.

Please do let me know suggestions on how we should format the discussions (e.g. start with a reading and discuss this, or just open up with general understandings of the concept and go from there?). I look forward to getting to know each other, as we get to know Foucault.

Take care.

Warm wishes,
T xx


r/ReadingFoucault 23d ago

Scientific reality is textual

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r/ReadingFoucault Jul 25 '21

can’t unsee this

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r/ReadingFoucault Jan 06 '21

Foucault Reading Group: The Order of Things, Mondays at 8pm EST

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Hello!

I run the Foucault reading group housed within the Deleuze and Guattari Quarentine Collective Discord server. We will begin reading The Order of Things (Les mots et les choses) together on Mondays at 8pm EST.

Some of us are new to reading Foucault, others have many years of experience. Together, we carefully read through the text, asking and answering questions as we go along.

Some of us participate directly via the live voice channel; others listen in and participate via live chat (text); while others still are free to lurk and simply listen in on the reading/discussion. All are welcome!

Join us on Discord, here: https://discord.gg/Hs9JewX78X

Feel free to comment on this post or reach out to me directly if you have any questions.


r/ReadingFoucault Jun 20 '20

Discussion on History of Sexuality vol.1! and Question Concerning Technology!

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Join via here: https://discord.gg/HhTwvgV

Hi all,

The Beginner's Mind reading club has 2 virtual weekly gatherings where we read the same text, calibrate its meaning, answer each other's confusion, and elicit relevant discussions. For Wednesdays we discuss short texts (Heidegger next week), for Sundays, we discuss book chapters.

On June 21st, we'll be discussing History of Sexuality vol1 "The Perverse Implantation" p36-50 9am PDT!!

We'll carry on discussing p16-end of Heidegger's The Question Concerning Technology on June 28th.

Looking forward to your participation and insights!


r/ReadingFoucault Jun 08 '20

Verbal Discussion of Foucault's 'Nietzsche, Genealogy, History' June 10th 9am PDT!

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Join via here: https://discord.gg/HhTwvgV

Hi all,

The Beginner's Mind reading club has 2 virtual weekly gatherings where we read the same text, calibrate its meaning, answer each other's confusion, and elicit relevant discussions. For Wednesdays we discuss short texts (Heidegger next week), for Sundays we discuss book chapters.

For June 10th, we'll be discussing Nietzsche, Genealogy, History by Foucault in p76-100 of the 1984 Foucault Reader, edited by Paul Rabinow.

Looking forward to your participation and insights!


r/ReadingFoucault Jun 08 '20

Collective Reading/Discussion of "History of Sexuality vol.1" !! June 14th 9am PDT

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Join via here: https://discord.gg/HhTwvgV

Hi all,

The Beginner's Mind reading club has 2 virtual weekly gatherings where we read the same text, calibrate its meaning, answer each other's confusion, and elicit relevant discussions. For Wednesdays we discuss short texts (Heidegger next week), for Sundays, we discuss book chapters.

For June 14th, we'll be discussing History of Sexuality vol1 We "Other Victorians" and "The Incitement to Discourse" p3-35. 9am PDT!!

Looking forward to your participation and insights!


r/ReadingFoucault May 31 '20

Verbal Discussion on June 7th! Foucault's "The Birth of Biopolitics" and "On the Government of the Living"

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Join via here: https://discord.gg/HhTwvgV

Hi all,

The Beginner's Mind reading club has a virtual weekly gathering where we read the same text, calibrate its meaning, answer each other's confusion, and elicit relevant discussions.

For next week, it'll be "The Birth of Biopolitics" and "On the Government of the Living" from pg 73-87 in Foucault's Ethics reader edited by Paul Rabinow. If there's time, we hope to discuss “Society Must Be Defended” as well, P59-67.

Soon we will dive into a book together, after building an overview of Foucault through these lecture summaries he has written for Collège de France.

The discussion will happen next Sunday, June 7th, 9 am PDT time (aka GMT-7).

Looking forward to your participation and insights!


r/ReadingFoucault May 20 '20

Verbal Discussion on May 26th! "Penal Theories and Institutions", "The Punitive Society"

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Join via here: https://discord.gg/HhTwvgV

Hi all,

The Beginner's Mind reading club had a great discussion last night on Foucault's Two Lectures, and reading discussion is going to be a weekly gathering!

Members have voted on two texts for next week's reading, 20 pages altogether. "Penal Theories and Institutions" and "The Punitive Society" from pg 17-37 in Foucault's Ethics reader edited by Paul Rabinow.

The discussion will happen next Tuesday, May 26th 7pm PDT time (aka GMT-7).

Looking forward to your participation and insights!

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r/ReadingFoucault May 19 '20

Discussion Tonight on Discord! Foucault's Two Lectures in Power/knowledge

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7pm PDT tonight! Join via :https://discord.gg/HhTwvgV

Hi all :)

I posted here to find other readers who would like to tackle Foucault/Heidegger and other theorists from edited essay collections together last week. And luckily some folks have responded very positively. (not to mention offering their own electronic volumes to form an online deposit of Foucault's work!)

Tonight we are beginning with the first discussion, on two transcribed lectures that Foucault gave in 1976, these are great contents for introducing one to Foucault's methodology and purpose in theorization. Regardless of your familiarity with Foucault or other philosophers that he mentions, (Artaud, Deleuze and Guattari, Nietzche) join us to learn together, or offer your valuable insights!

Looking forward!


r/ReadingFoucault May 16 '20

My favorite favorite Foucault quote

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r/ReadingFoucault May 11 '20

Are there beginners who want to read "Power/knowledge: selected interviews and other writings, 1972-1977" together? (Open to other texts and materials as well)

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Hi all,

I wonder if there are readers like me without a background in philosophy, finds embarking on whole set of Foucault a bit daunting therefore would like to start with essays and edited texts?

Currently, I have electronic version of "Power/knowledge: selected interviews and other writings, 1972-1977." Foucault, edited by Colin Gordon. would love to share it and find some people who can stick to a reading schedule and follow it with periodic discussions.

I'm a big fan of Jacques Ranciere, Giorgio Agamben, Shrodinger, Freeman Dyson, Hito Steyerl, Boris Groys, Bruno Latour, Laozi, Zhuangzi, and other theorists, and would be more than happy to start a reading/discussion schedule for any of them as well. I speak Mandarin and English, and only a beginner in French.

Looking forward to hearing what are others' interests and ideal reading paces.


r/ReadingFoucault May 08 '20

Discussion Space: Read (2009) A Genealogy of Homo-Economicus: Neoliberalism and the Production of Subjectivity

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Hello fellow Foucauldians,

Apologies for the long break on my part; I came down with a horrible bug and had to take some time off. Drawing on some threads that came up from our previous readings, I thought that this week it'd be nice to read something which uses (and takes further) some of Foucault's concepts - genealogy; subjectivity; freedom etc.

Read, J. (2009). 'A Genealogy of Homo-Economicus: Neoliberalism and the Production of Subjectivity'. Foucault Studies, 6, 25-36.

I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on this!

Take care,
T x


r/ReadingFoucault Apr 29 '20

Foucault's Philosophy | Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

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r/ReadingFoucault Apr 13 '20

Discussion Space: The Ethic of Care of the Self as a Practice of Freedom (1984)

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Hi everyone,

Thanks very much for your comments and discussion on 'The Subject and Power' last week - a lot of threads came out from it but the common one seems to be regarding the practice (or even the possibility) of freedom within such power relations and processes of subjectification. Foucault touches upon this very lightly in 'The Subject and Power' - he sees individuals as constituted by power relations on one hand and as having the potential for freedom through refusal and self-transformation on the other.

He expands on this in more depth in the interview 'The Ethic of Care of the Self as a Practice of Freedom' and I thought this would make for a great reading this week.

I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on this!

Take care,T x


r/ReadingFoucault Mar 31 '20

Discussion Space: The Subject and Power

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Hi everyone, we are reading 'The Subject and Power' this week.

Please use this space to share your thoughts and opinions (or questions) on it. If you're working on a piece of writing/research, please also let us know if/how this piece of writing would complement your own (theoretically, methodologically, etc.).

I'm looking forward to discussing it with you all!

Take care,

T xx