Foucault: Lecture 12, 28 January 1986

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 28 January 1986. This is lecture 12 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 28 January 1986 lecture, topics of discussion include: Foucault and the new subjectivities, before and after the events of 1968; May 1968 and the question of centralism; the Yugoslav experience; the French sociologist, journalist, and political activist Serge Mallet; Sartre; Austrian social philosopher and journalist André Gorz and the idea of a new working class; Hungarian philosopher György Lukács and his book History and Class Consciousness; the production of a new type of subject of history; the Frankfurt School; Italian Marxism; autonomy; the Italian sociologist, political theorist and activist Romano Alquati; Italian philosopher and politician Mario Tronti and his book Workers and Capital (Operai e capitale); the qualitative (revendication) claim; the emergence of new forms of struggles (luttes), practices, and networks (réseaux), both transversal and no longer centralized; the French psychotherapist and philosopher Félix Guattari; the revaluation of Marxism; Foucault's book Discipline and Punish (Surveiller et punir); the microphysics of power; politics; social forms or institutions, and integrations of power or actualizations; Proust and sexuality; social forms or knowledge (le savoir) as integrating relations of power or of forces; will (volonté) and knowledge; actualization, differentiation and division; Bergson; animal forms and plant forms (formes végétales); energy and movement; affects and forces; the power to affect and the power to be affected; the two conceptions of dualism as either the product of a division of the One (l’Un) or as a provisional stage of the multiple; sociology, stratified formations, diagrams and Discipline and Punish; and material techniques, social technologies and the example of the stirrup (l'étrier).

This dataset includes: five mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 3:10:06), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (35 pp) and plain text.

Note: The first (approx.) 0:00:18 of the part 1 and complete audio files is of a student asking Deleuze a question. This portion has not been transcribed. The transcription begins with Deleuze’s response at the (approx.) 0:00:21 mark.

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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 28 janvier 1986, les sujets de discussion comprennent: Foucault et les nouvelles subjectivités, avant et après les événements de 1968; Mai 1968 et la question du centralisme; l'expérience yougoslave; le sociologue, journaliste et militant politique français Serge Mallet; Sartre; le philosophe et journaliste social autrichien André Gorz et l'idée d'une nouvelle classe ouvrière; le philosophe hongrois György Lukács et son livre Histoire et conscience de classe; la production d'un nouveau type de sujet d'histoire; l'école de Francfort; le marxisme italien; l’autonomie; le sociologue, théoricien politique et activiste italien Romano Alquati; le philosophe et politicien italien Mario Tronti et son livre Ouvrier et capital; la revendication qualitative; l'émergence de nouvelles formes des luttes, pratiques et réseaux, à la fois transversales et non plus centralisées; le psychothérapeute et philosophe français Félix Guattari; la réévaluation du marxisme; le livre de Foucault Surveiller et punir; la microphysique du pouvoir; politique; formes sociales ou institutions, et intégrations de pouvoir ou d'actualisations; Proust et la sexualité; les formes sociales ou de savoir comme intégrant des rapports du pouvoir ou des forces; volonté et savoir; actualisation, différenciation et division; Bergson; formes animales et formes végétales; énergie et mouvement; affects et forces; le pouvoir d'affecter et le pouvoir d'être affecté; les deux conceptions du dualisme comme étant soit le produit d'une division de l'Un ou bien un stade provisoire du multiple; sociologie, formations stratifiées, diagrammes et Surveiller et punir; et les techniques matérielles, les technologies sociales et l'exemple de l'étrier.

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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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