Deleuze & Foucault on Power (Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 24)

Friday 27 January 2017, 7pm: Our last philosophy discussion group was such a hit that we’re going to continue the conversation with another fantastic dialogue: Foucault and Deleuze’s conversation on intellectuals and power. So come down for an information discussion on this important and fascinating philosophical exchange!

This famous conversation between two giants of post-structuralist philosophy occurred in 1972, just a year after the famous debate between Chomsky and Foucault which was the subject of our discussion group in December.

The conversation between Foucault and Deleuze ranges from the topics of homosexuality, women’s rights, prisoner struggles, and the confluence of intellectuals and power.

You can read the full transcript of their conversation here.

“Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, philologist and literary critic. His theories addressed the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions. Though often cited as a post-structuralist and postmodernist, Foucault rejected these labels, preferring to present his thought as a critical history of modernity. His thought has been highly influential both for academic and for activist groups, such as within post-anarchism.”[1]

“Gilles Deleuze was a French philosopher who, from the early 1960s until his death, wrote on philosophy, literature, film, and fine art. His most popular works were the two volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus (1972) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980), both co-written with psychoanalyst Félix Guattari. His metaphysical treatise Difference and Repetition (1968) is considered by many scholars to be his magnum opus. A.W. Moore, citing Bernard Williams’s criteria for a great thinker, ranks Deleuze among the “greatest philosophers”. His work has influenced a variety of disciplines across philosophy and art, including literary theory, post-structuralism and postmodernism.”[2]

This discussion group is free to attend and open to everyone!

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