Foucault: Lecture 14, 04 March 1986

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 04 March 1986. This is lecture 14 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 04 March 1986 lecture, topics of discussion include: the theme of the death of man in Foucault's The Order of Things (Les mot es les choses); the relation of forces as places of perpetual mutations; form as a compound of forces; the modes of existence; the order of infinity; Classical Thought, the infinite Universe and the loss of the center; Spinoza; Mercantilism: currency, the exchangeability of wealth, tables (tableaux) and deployment, the cost of the exchange; general grammar; the Kantian revolution: finitude becomes constituent; the component forces in man: life, work, language, and outside forces (forces du dehors); the nineteenth century and the form ‘Man’; the age of the machines; the man-machine system; the age of silicon (following those of watchmaking and carbon); German philosopher and anthropologist Ludwig Feuerbach and the death of God, and the effect of this on human identity; and Nietzsche, the death of man, forces, and the Übermensch.

This dataset includes: four mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:20:47), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (27 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 4 mars 1986, les sujets de discussion incluent: le thème de la mort de l'Homme dans Les mot es les choses de Foucault; les rapports des forces comme lieux de mutations perpétuelles; forme comme un composé de forces; les modes d'existence; l'ordre d'infinité; la Pensée Classique, l'Univers infini et la perte du centre; Spinoza; le Mercantilisme: la monnaie, l'échangeabilité des richesse, les tableaux et le déploiement, le coût de l'échange; la grammaire générale; la révolution kantienne: la finitude devient constituante; les forces composantes dans l'homme: vie, travail, langage et forces du Dehors; le XIXe siècle et la forme ‘Homme’; l'âge des machines; le système homme-machine; l'âge du silicium (àpres ceux de l'horlogerie et du carbone); le philosophe et anthropologue allemand Ludwig Feuerbach et la mort de Dieu, et l'effet de ceci sur l'identité humaine; et Nietzsche, la mort de l'Homme, les forces et le Surhomme (Übermensch).

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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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