Foucault: Lecture 13, 25 February 1986

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 25 February 1986. This is lecture 13 of a 25-lecture seminar Deleuze taught between October 1985 and May 1986.

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The Deleuze Seminars is a collection of audio recordings, transcriptions, and English translations of, and supplemental materials from, the lectures French philosopher Gilles Deleuze gave during his career at the University of Paris 8.

"Foucault" was a 25-lecture seminar given from October 1985 to May 1986. In these lectures, Deleuze offers his interpretation and analysis of French philosopher Michel Foucault's work. Examining the theoretical foundations and major themes of Foucault's philosophy, Deleuze dedicates several lectures to each of what he calls the "three axes" of Foucault's thought. This seminar coincides with the publication of Deleuze's book Foucault (1986).

The 25 February 1986 lecture begins with a recap of previous discussions on power-knowledge relations, the relationship and non-relationship between 'to see' (voir) and to speak (parler), the relations between forces, and the powers of receptivity and spontaneity. Other topics of discussion include: Kant and the schema of the imagination, the concept, and space-time; the French poet Comte de Lautréamont; the efficient or transitive cause as a cause that needs to go outside (sortie) of itself in order to produce its effect; Christianity and creationism; the emanative cause as a cause whose effect is exterior but does not need to go outside of itself as its effect emanates from it; the third century Neoplatonist philosopher Plotinus; the immanent cause as a cause whose effect remains (reste) in the cause; Spinoza; Foucault's The Archeology of Knowledge; the status of the audio-visual, the entanglement of the 'to see' and 'to speak', and concrete situations; the forms of exteriority in Foucault, that every form is exteriority, and that between 'to say' (dire) and 'to see' there is exteriority; the outside (le dehors) and forces, the thought of the outside, and the open (l'ouvert); the Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke; Blanchot; the German philosopher Martin Heidegger; Bergson; that any diagram comes from outside as a series of re-linkages, the emission of a dice throw; that the outside is the distant (absolute); the diagram as the outside of historical formations which correspond to that outside; that singularities are made (sont prises) in the relations of forces at the diagram level, they come from the outside; points of resistance and diagrams; the line of the outside; and Foucault and the theme of the death of the man.

This dataset includes: five mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 3:07:40), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (36 pp) and plain text.

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Les Séminaires de Deleuze sont une collection d'enregistrements audio, de transcriptions et de traductions en anglais et de documents complémentaires des conférences que le philosophe français Gilles Deleuze a donné lors de sa carrière à l'Université de Paris 8.

«Foucault» était un séminaire de 25 conférences donné d'octobre 1985 à mai 1986. Dans ces conférences, Deleuze offre son interprétation et son analyse de l’œuvre du philosophe français Michel Foucault. En examinant les fondements théoriques et les thèmes majeurs de la philosophie de Foucault, Deleuze consacre plusieurs conférences à chacun de ce qu'il appelle les «trois axes» de la pensée de Foucault. Ce séminaire coïncide avec la publication du livre de Deleuze Foucault (1986).

La conférence du 25 février 1986 débute par une récapitulation des discussions précédentes sur les rapports pouvoir-savoir, le rapport et le non- rapport entre voir et parler, les rapports entre les forces et les pouvoirs de réceptivité et spontanéité. Les autres sujets de discussion comprennent: Kant et le schéme de l'imagination, le concept et l'espace-temps; le poète français Comte de Lautréamont; la cause efficiente ou transitive comme une cause qui a besoin de sortir de soi pour produire son effet; le christianisme et le créationnisme; la cause émanative comme une cause dont l'effet est extérieur mais qui n'a pas besoin de sortir de lui-même puisque son effet émane de la cause; le philosophe néoplatonicien du troisième siècle Plotinus; la cause immanente comme une cause dont l'effet reste dans la cause; Spinoza; L'Archéologie du savoir de Foucault; le statut de l'audio-visuel, l'intrication du voir-parler et les situations concrètes; les formes d'extériorité chez Foucault, que toute forme est d'extériorité, et qu'entre dire et voir il y a extériorité; le dehors et les forces, la pensée dehors et l'ouvert; le poète et romancier Bohémien-Autrichien Rainer Maria Rilke; Blanchot; le philosophe allemand Martin Heidegger; Bergson; que tout diagramme vient de dehors comme une série de ré-enchaînements, l'émission de coups de dés; que le dehors est le lointain (absolu); le diagramme comme le dehors des formations historiques qui lui correspondent; que les singularités sont prises dans des rapports des forces au niveau du diagramme, elles sortent du dehors; les points de résistance et diagrammes; la ligne du dehors; et Foucault et le thème de la mort de l'Homme.

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This research has been generously supported through a grant from the College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University.

The translations of Deleuze’s “Foucault” seminars have been made possible by a Scholarly Editions and Translations grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This research has also been generously supported through a grant from the College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University.

The description of this dataset is based on the meticulous work of Frédéric Astier, whose Les cours enregistrés de Gilles Deleuze, 1979-1987 has catalogued Deleuze’s seminars for those years.

Special thanks to the family of Gilles Deleuze and the University of Paris 8 for permission to reproduce the material published here.

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