Foucault: Lecture 17, 25 March 1986

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 25 March 1986. This is lecture 17 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).

In the 25 March 1986 lecture, topics of discussion include: the forces composing humans; the infinite and classical thought; the mechanism of unfolding (dépli) or deployment (déploiement); the folding (répli) of the forces of finitude, life, work, and language in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the dispersion of language as a correlate of the form 'Man' in Foucault's The Order of Things; the gathering (rassemblement) of language in modern literature; the being of language as different from linguistics; language, linguistics, literature and life; the nineteenth century and the historicity of life as dependent on the environment (milieu); Cuvier and the diachronicity of language; knowledge (le savoir), the language of the outside, and the language of life; madness; Nietzsche, the concept of the Übermensch, and the last men; the decoupling (décrochage) of literature  from linguistics, and of biology from the raw (brut) being of life; genetic codes; molecular biology, carbon and silicon; agrammaticality; the forces in humans and the forces of the finite-unlimited; and the superfold (surpli) as a folding on the outside.

This dataset includes: four mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:28:05), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (26 pp) and plain text.

Note: The volume for the parts 1, 2, and 4 audio files is generally lower than that for the part 3 audio file. As a result, the volume for (approx.) 0:00:00-1:27:05, and again from the (approx.) 2:14:02 mark to the end of the complete audio file is lower than that for the (approx.) 1:27:06-2:14:01 marks.

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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).

Dans la conférence du 25 mars 1986, les sujets de discussion comprennent: les forces qui composent les humains; l’infini et la pensée classique; le mécanisme du dépli ou déploiement; le répli des forces de la finitude, de la vie, du travail et du langage aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles; la dispersion du langage comme corrélat de la forme Homme dans Let mots et les choses de Foucault; le rassemblement du langage dans la littérature moderne; l'être du langage comme différent de la linguistique; le langage, la linguistique, la littérature et la vie; le XIXe siècle et l'historicité de la vie comme dépendante du milieu; Cuvier et la diachronicité du langage; le savoir, le langage du dehors et le langage de la vie; la folie; Nietzsche, la notion du Surhomme, et les derniers hommes; le décrochage de la littérature de la linguistique, et de la biologie de l'être brut de la vie; les codes génétiques; la biologie moléculaire, carbone et silicium; l’agrammaticalité; les forces dans les humains et les forces du fini-illimité; et le surpli comme pliage sur le dehors.

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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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