Michel Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics – Chapter Two

Written by Terry Flew on September 24, 2009

Following from yesterday’s post, I have provided a summary of notes on the second lecture given by Michel Foucault at the College de France 1978-79, published under the title The Birth of Biopolitics. This lecture was given on 17 January, 1979.

• Liberal art of government is ‘not something other than raison d’Etat, an element external to and in contradiction with [it], but rather its point of inflection in the curve of its development’ (p. 28) –

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Michel Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics – Chapter One

Written by Terry Flew on September 23, 2009

I am convening a reading group on Michel Foucault’s lectures at the College de France 1978-79, now published under the title The Birth of Biopolitics, at QUT tomorrow. Information about the meeting can be found here, and the rationale for the event is as follows:

In light of considerable interest in the term “neo-liberalism”, its historical origins, and its uses and misuses – including its use by Australian Prime Minster Kevin Rudd – we have decided to get together an informal

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