Foucault, unterrichtend
Foucault, unterrichtend

Michel Foucault’s Philosophy

Michel Foucault’s Philosophy

My work on Michel Foucault is mostly systematically motivated: On the one hand, I am interested in the specific conception of (political) philosophy resulting from Foucault’s methodological perspective. Instead of reducing his methodology to discourse analysis, an ‘analytic of power’ or an investigation of processes of subjectivation, I see as its common core of all of Foucault’s works his methodological perspective which I attempt to reconstruct as nihilistic, nominalistic and historicistic.

On the other hand, I am interested in Foucault’s proposal for a non-relativistic ‘History of Truth’. Although he never quite managed (or cared) to fully explicate either the conceptual problems of this undertaking or what he saw as solutions to these, Foucault’s relentless pursuit of a ‘History of Truth’ defines the form of his philosophy.

Further aspects of his work which I have worked on include Foucault’s concept of critique and his analysis of neoliberalism in the governmentality lectures.

Publications

Foucault’s concept of ‘biopolitics’ has sparked a lively debate within critical theory, although Foucault himself rarely used it after …

Review of Mark G. E. Kelly: For Foucault: Against Normative Political Theory. State University of New York Press, 2018. 202 pages, …

Although the various interpretations of Foucault’s model of critique often seem to differ only in minor details, they seriously diverge …

The articles in this special issue of Foucault Studies originate from the conference “Überwachen und Strafen heute”, held in November …

This introduction diagnoses two tendencies among Foucaultian scholars with regard to Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish: While the …

Foucault lesen [Reading Foucault] proposes a systematic and philosophical readig of Foucaut’s work: Systematically, I emphasize …

Most people would agree that we should behave and act in a responsible way. Yet only 200 years ago, ‘responsibility’ was only of …

Does truth have a history? Whereas Bernard William denies it and only allows a history of truthfulness, I defend the possibility of a …

The literature on Foucault has repeatedly highlighted the import role that the concept of practices play in Foucault’s conceptual …

In seinen letzten beiden Vorlesungen untersucht Foucault anhand der historischen Praxis des freimütigen Sprechens auch seine eigenen …

In this paper we pose the question what constitutes the originality of governmentality as a state analytical framework by confronting …

Although the governmentality literature has occasionally acknowledged the importance of the concept of a liberal truth-regime, there …

Review of the following books (in German): Michael Ruoff: Foucault-Lexikon, München 2007. Fink/UTB. | Clemens Kammler, Rolf Parr und …