The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the College De France, 1978- 1979 (Michel Foucault: Lectures at the College De France)

The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the College De France, 1978- 1979 (Michel Foucault: Lectures at the College De France) (Paperback)

By Michel Foucault  Graham Burchell 
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 140398655X
EAN: 9781403986559
No. of Pages: 368
Publish Date: 2010-4-23
Binding: Paperback
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<DIV><DIV><B>Picador is proud to publish the sixth volume in Foucault's prestigious, groundbreaking series of lectures at the Collge de France from 1970 to 1984 <P></P></B><I>The Birth of Biopolitics </I>continues to pursue the themes of Foucault's lectures from <I>Security, Territory, </I>Population<I>.</I> Having shown how eighteenth-century political economy marks the birth of a new governmental rationality--seeking maximum effectiveness by governing less and in accordance with the naturalness of the phenomena to be governed--Michel Foucault undertakes a detailed analysis of the forms of this liberal governmentality. In a direct and conversational tone, this book raises questions of political philosophy and social policy that are at the heart of current debates about the role and status of neo-liberalism in twentieth century politics. <P></P></DIV></DIV> <DIV><DIV><B>Michel Foucault</B>, acknowledged as the preeminent philosopher of France in the 1970s and 1980s, continues to have enormous impact throughout the world in many disciplines. His works include <I>Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason</I>, <I>The History of Sexuality</I>, and <I>Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison</I>.<BR><BR>Series editor <B>Arnold I. Davidson</B> teaches philosophy, divinity, and comparative literature at the University of Chicago and is executive editor of the journal <I>Critical Inquiry</I>. The author of numerous studies on Foucault, he has been a visiting professor at the Collge de France.<BR><BR>Translator <B>Graham Burchell</B> lives in Italy. He has written essays on Michel Foucault and was an editor of <I>The Foucault Effect: Essays on Governmentality</I>.</DIV></DIV> <DIV><DIV><DIV>This series of lectures presents Foucault's study of the two major twentieth century schools of neo-liberalism:German ordo-liberalism and the neo-liberalism of the Chicago School.In the years he taught at the Collge de France, this was Michel Foucault's sole foray into the field of contemporary history.This course thus raises questions of political philosophy and social policy that are at the heart of current debates about the role and status of neo-liberalism in twentieth century politics.A remarkable feature of these lectures is their discussion of contemporary economic theory and practice, culminating in an analysis of the model of <I>Homo oeconomicus</I>.<BR><BR>Foucault's analysis also highlights the paradoxical role played by &#147;society in relation to government.&#147;Society is both that in the name of which government strives to limit itself, but it is also the target for permanent governmental intervention to produce, multiply, and guarantee the freedoms required by economic liberalism.</DIV></DIV></DIV> <DIV><DIV>This course thus raises questions of political philosophy and social policy that are at the heart of current debates about the role and status of neo-liberalism in twentieth century politics.A remarkable feature of these lectures is their discussion of contemporary economic theory and practice, culminating in an analysis of the model of<I> Homo oeconomicus</I>.</DIV></DIV> <DIV>"Once more Michel Foucault demonstrates that he was perhaps the most prescient and challenging thinker of the twentieth century, and these lectures from 1978-9 have an enduring relevance for all those seeking to understand the forms of liberalism under which we are governed at the start of the twenty first century."&#151;<B>Nikolas Rose, London School of Economics</B><BR><BR>"This is an excellent translation of Michel Foucault's fascinating lectures on the history of the arts or sciences of liberal government from Adam Smith to the neo-liberalism of the German and Chicago Schools. They throw critical light on the roots of neo-liberal globalization today."&#151;<B>James Tully, University of Victoria</B><BR><BR>"A brilliant, lucid and supremely relevant survey of the true origins of the state which cuts through the imprecision of much more theory and offers ideas which are of direct relevance not just to academics but to thsoe engaged in the political process. A reminder that academic analysis need not be dull and irrelevant. A text, drawn from live speech, which captures the magic of a brilliant mind at work."&#151;<B>Nick Butler, Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies</B></DIV>
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Title: The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the College De France, 1978- 1979 (Michel Foucault: Lectures at the College De France)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Michel Foucault
Translator: Graham Burchell
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 140398655X
EAN: 9781403986559
No. of Pages: 368
Publish Date: 2010-4-23
Binding: Paperback

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