Foucault: Lecture 5, 19 November 1985

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 19 November 1985. This is lecture 5 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 19 November 1985 lecture, topics of discussion include: the statement and extrinsic variables; the logic and linguistics of propositions; the heterogeneity of the statement; the statement and vector fields (les champs de vecteurs); the subject, the object, and the concept of the statement; Blanchot and the unassignable on (le on); Irish writer Samuel Beckett; statements and propositions; Foucault's The Archeology of Knowledge; French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, the dream and perception; the audio-visual archive and the statable (l'énonҫable); light and the corpus of things, objects, states of things and sensible qualities; the painting; paintings (les tableaux) as a regime of light which conditions everything else in Foucault’s philosophy; the relations between the statable and the visible; the disjunction between ‘to see’ (voir) and ‘to speak’ (parler); Belgian artist René Magritte’s The Treachery of Images (“This Is Not a Pipe”); Foucault, German philosopher Immanuel Kant, and the difference in the nature of the two faculties of the human mind (space-time as the form of intuition, and the concept); that the form of any concept is a = a; space and time as the forms of receptivity; the “I think” (je pense) as the form of personal spontaneity; intuition as a fundamental disequilibrium in humans; that from the point of view of the infinite, or of God, everything is concept; creation ex nihilo; German philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and difference as being in the concept (which Kant opposes); Kant, constituent finitude, and the irreducibility of the given to the concept; the philosophy of the seventeenth century, and the infinite and the finite; French mathematician and writer Blaise Pascal and the orders of infinity; and Kant, aesthetic judgment and the schematism of the imagination.

This dataset includes: five mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 3:01:08), 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).

Dans la conférence du 19 novembre 1985, les sujets de discussion comprennent: l'énoncé et les variables extrinsèques; la logique et la linguistique des propositions; l'hétérogénéité de l'énoncé; l'énoncé et les champs de vecteurs; le sujet, l'objet et le concept de l'énoncé; Blanchot et le on inassignable; l'écrivain irlandais Samuel Beckett; l'énoncés et propositions; L'archéologie du savoir de Foucault; le philosophe français Jean-Paul Sartre, le rêve et la perception; l'archive audio-visuelle et l'énonҫable; la lumière et le corpus des choses, des objets, des états de choses et des qualités sensibles; la peinture; les tableaux comme un régime de lumière qui conditionne tout le reste de la philosophie de Foucault; les rapports entre l'énonҫable et le visible; la disjonction entre voir et parler; La trahison des images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe) de l'artiste belge René Magritte; Foucault, le philosophe allemand Immanuel Kant, et la différence dans la nature des deux facultés de l'esprit humain (l'espace-temps comme forme d'intuition, et le concept); que la forme de tout concept est a = a; l'espace et le temps comme formes de réceptivité; je pense comme forme de spontanéité personnelle; l'intuition comme un déséquilibre fondamental chez humains; que du point de vue de l'infini, ou de Dieu, tout est concept; création ex nihilo; le philosophe allemand Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz et différence comme étant dans le concept (que Kant oppose); Kant, la finitude constituante, et l'irréductibilité du donné au concept; la philosophie du XVIIe siècle, et l'infini et le fini; le mathématicien et écrivain français Blaise Pascal et les ordres de l'infini; et Kant, le jugement esthétique et le schématisme de l'imagination.

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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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