Foucault: Lecture 11, 21 January 1986

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 21 January 1986. This is lecture 11 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 21 January 1986 lecture, topics of discussion include: Foucault and contemporary cinema; the disjunction between the sound field and the visual field; the relationship between the visible and the enunciable; pastoral power; diagrams and categories of knowledges and powers; multiplicities, affected forces, points of receptivity, and the distribution of affects; Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morality; powers, from one point to another, and knowledges (forms); affects and singularities; diagrams and societies; the ancient Greeks; the rivalry of the free men of the cities; Plato; diagrams, successive draws, and throws of the dice; re-linkages (ré-enchaînements) and Markov chains; Nietzsche and Mallarmé; statements, singularities and mathematics; integral curves and neighborhoods; the concept of actualization (integration and differentiation) of power in knowledge; institutions and integrations of the relationships of power; molar instances; Foucault's History of Sexuality; and French writer Marcel Proust and sexuality.

This dataset includes: four mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:28:20), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (29 pp) and plain text.


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 21 janvier 1986, les sujets de discussion comprennent: Foucault et le cinéma contemporain; la disjonction entre le champ sonore et le champ visuel; le rapport entre le visible et l'énonҫable; le pouvoir pastoral; diagrammes et catégories de savoirs et de pouvoirs; les multiplicités, les forces affectées, les points de réceptivité et la distribution des affects; Généalogie de la morale de Nietzsche; pouvoirs, d'un point à un autre, et savoirs (formes); affects et singularités; diagrammes et sociétés; les anciens Grecs; la rivalité des hommes libres des cités; Platon; diagrammes, tirages successifs et coups des dés; les réenchaînements et chaînes de Markov; Nietzsche et Mallarmé; enoncés, singularités et mathématiques; courbes intégrales et voisinages; la notion d'actualisation (intégration et différenciation) du pouvoir dans le savoir; les institutions et les intégrations des rapports de pouvoir; les instances molaires; Histoire de la sexualité de Foucault; et l'écrivain français Marcel Proust et la sexualité.

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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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