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    Johanna Oksala (2005). Foucault on Freedom. Cambridge University Press.
    Freedom and the subject were guiding themes for Michel Foucault throughout his philosophical career. Johanna Oksala identifies the different interpretations of freedom in his philosophy and examines three major divisions of it: the archaeological, the genealogical, and the ethical. She demonstrates that in order to fully appreciate Foucault's "project", we must understand his complex relationship to phenomenology, and discusses Foucault's treatment of the body in relation to recent feminist work on this topic.
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    Johanna Oksala (2016). Foucault, Husserl and the Philosophical Roots of German Neoliberalism. Continental Philosophy Review 49 (1):115-126.
    The article investigates and vindicates the surprising claim Foucault makes in his lecture series The Birth of Biopolitics that the philosophical roots of post-war German neoliberalism lie in Husserl’s phenomenology. I study the similarities between Husserl’s phenomenology and Walter Eucken’s economic theory and examine the way that Husserl’s idea of the historical a priori assumes a determinate role in Eucken’s economic thinking. I also return to Foucault’s lectures in order to show how a version of the historical a priori continues (...)
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    Johanna Oksala (2011). Sexual Experience: Foucault, Phenomenology, and Feminist Theory. Hypatia 26 (1):207-223.
    This paper explicates Foucault's conception of experience and defends it as an important theoretical resource for feminist theory. It analyzes Linda Alcoff's devastating critique of Foucault's account of sexuality and her reasons for advocating phenomenology as a more viable alternative. I agree with her that a philosophically sophisticated understanding of experience must remain central for feminist theory, but I demonstrate that her critique of Foucault is based on a mistaken view of his philosophical position as well as on a problematic (...)
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    Johanna Oksala (2006). A Phenomenology of Gender. Continental Philosophy Review 39 (3):229-244.
    The article asks how phenomenology, understood as a philosophical method of investigation, can account for gender. Despite the fact that it has provided useful tools for feminist inquiry, the question remains how gender can be studied within the paradigm of a philosophy of a subject. The article explicates four different understandings of phenomenology and assesses their respective potential in terms of theorizing gender: a classical reading, a corporeal reading, an intersubjective reading and a post-phenomenological reading. It concludes by arguing that (...)
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    Johanna Oksala (2012). Foucault, Politics, and Violence. Northwestern University Press.
    The politicization of ontology -- Foundational violence -- Dangerous animals -- The politics of gendered violence -- Political life -- The management of state violence -- The political ontology of neoliberalism -- Violence and neoliberal governmentality -- Terror and political spirituality.
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    Johanna Oksala (2004). Anarchic Bodies: Foucault and the Feminist Question of Experience. Hypatia 19 (4):97-119.
    : The article shows that Michel Foucault's account of the sexual body is not a naïve return to a prediscursive body, nor does it amount to discourse reductionism and to the exclusion of experience, as some feminists have argued. Instead, Foucault's idea of bodies and pleasures as a possibility of the counterattack against normalizing power presupposes an experiential understanding of the body. The experiential body can become a locus of resistance because it is the possibility of an unpredictable event.
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  7. Johanna Oksala (2004). What is Feminist Phenomenology? Thinking Birth Philosophically. Radical Philosophy 126:16-22.
     
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    Johanna Oksala (2013). Feminism and Neoliberal Governmentality. Foucault Studies 16:32-53.
    The article investigates the consequences for feminist politics of the neoliberal turn. Feminist scholars have analysed the political changes in the situation of women that have been brought about by neoliberalism, but their assessments of neoliberalism’s consequences for feminist theory and politics vary. Feminist thinkers such as Hester Eisenstein and Sylvia Walby have argued that feminism must now return its focus to socialist politics and foreground economic questions of redistribution in order to combat the hegemony of neoliberalism. Some have further (...)
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  9. Jodi Dean, Cathrine Egeland, Elizabeth Grosz, Sara Heinämaa, Lisa Käll, Johanna Oksala, Kelly Oliver, Tiina Rosenberg, Kristin Sampson & Vigdis Songe-Møller (2006). Sex, Breath, and Force: Sexual Difference in a Post-Feminist Era. Lexington Books.
    This collection of essays provides a reassessment of the question of sexual difference, taking into account important shifts in feminist thought, post-humanist theories, and queer studies. The contributors offer new and refreshing insights into the complex question of sexual difference from a post-feminist perspective, and how it is reformulated in various related areas of study, such as ontology, epistemology, metaphysics, biology, technology, and mass-media.
     
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    Johanna Oksala (2010). Violence and the Biopolitics of Modernity. Foucault Studies 10:23-43.
    The paper studies the relationship between political violence and biological life in the thought of Hannah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault. I follow Foucault in arguing that understanding political violence in modernity means rethinking the ontological boundary between biological and political life that has fundamentally ordered the Western tradition of political thought. I show that while Arendt, Agamben and Foucault all see the merging of the categories of life and politics as the key problem of Modernity, they understand this (...)
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    Johanna Oksala (2010). Foucault's Politicization of Ontology. Continental Philosophy Review 43 (4):445-466.
    The paper explicates a politicized conception of reality with the help of Michel Foucault’s critical project. I contend that Foucault’s genealogies of power problematize the relationship between ontology and politics. His idea of productive power incorporates a radical, ontological claim about the nature of reality: Reality as we know it is the result of social practices and struggles over truth and objectivity. Rather than translating the true ontology into the right politics, he reverses the argument. The radicality of his method (...)
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  12. Johanna Oksala (2006). From the Death of the Author to the Freedom of Language: Foucault on Literature. Acta Philosophica Fennica 79:191.
     
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    Johanna Oksala (2007). The Management of State Violence: Foucault's Rethinking of Political Power as Governmentality. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 28 (2):53-66.
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    Johanna Oksala (2008). The Management of State Violence. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 28 (2):53-66.
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    Johanna Oksala (2011). Violence and Neoliberal Governmentality. Constellations 18 (3):474-486.
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    Johanna Oksala (2014). In Defense of Experience. Hypatia 29 (2):388-403.
    This article studies our philosophical understanding of experience in order to question the current political and theoretical dismissal of experiential accounts in feminist theory. The focus is on Joan Scott's critique of experience, but the philosophical issues animating the discussion go beyond Scott's work and concern the future of feminist theory and politics more generally. I ask what it means for feminist theory to redefine experience as a linguistic event the way Scott suggests. I attempt to demonstrate that the consequences (...)
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    Johanna Oksala (2009). Review of Marc Djaballah, Kant, Foucault, and Forms of Experience. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (1).
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    Johanna Oksala (2014). Foucault, Politics, and Violence. Philosophy Today 58 (2):297-307.
    In her book, Oksala shows that the arguments for the ineliminability of violence from the political are often based on excessively broad, ontological conceptions of violence distinct from its concrete and physical meaning and, on the other hand, on a restrictively narrow and empirical understanding of politics as the realm of conventional political institutions.
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    Johanna Oksala (2014). Foucault, Politics, and Violence: A Response to Jana Sawicki and Kevin Thompson. Philosophy Today 58 (2):297-307.
    I respond to questions and criticisms of my book from Jana Sawicki and Kevin Thompson. I address Jana Sawicki’s questions about my method and the limits of a Foucaudian critique. In response to Kevin Thompson’s questions, I explicate my understanding of the governmentalization of violence, immanent critique, and political spirituality.
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    Johanna Oksala (2004). Anarchic Bodies: Foucault and the Feminist Question of Experience. Hypatia 19 (4):99-121.
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  22. Johanna Oksala (2001). Foucault, fenomenologin och filosofins uppgift. Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 2.
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  23. Johanna Oksala (2009). Foucault on Freedom. Cambridge University Press.
    Freedom and the subject were guiding themes for Michel Foucault throughout his philosophical career. In this clear and comprehensive analysis of his thought, Johanna Oksala identifies the different interpretations of freedom in his philosophy and examines three major divisions of it: the archaeological, the genealogical, and the ethical. She shows convincingly that in order to appreciate Foucault's project fully we must understand his complex relationship to phenomenology, and she discusses Foucault's treatment of the body in relation to recent feminist work (...)
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  24. Johanna Oksala (2011). Foucault on Freedom. Cambridge University Press.
    Freedom and the subject were guiding themes for Michel Foucault throughout his philosophical career. In this clear and comprehensive analysis of his thought, Johanna Oksala identifies the different interpretations of freedom in his philosophy and examines three major divisions of it: the archaeological, the genealogical, and the ethical. She shows convincingly that in order to appreciate Foucault's project fully we must understand his complex relationship to phenomenology, and she discusses Foucault's treatment of the body in relation to recent feminist work (...)
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  25. Johanna Oksala (2011). Foucault, Politics, and Violence. Northwestern University Press.
    In her book, Oksala shows that the arguments for the ineliminability of violence from the political are often based on excessively broad, ontological conceptions of violence distinct from its concrete and physical meaning and, on the other hand, on a restrictively narrow and empirical understanding of politics as the realm of conventional political institutions.
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  26. Johanna Oksala (2008). How to Read Foucault. W. W. Norton & Co..
    Introduction -- The freedom of philosophy -- Reason and madness -- The death of man -- The anonymity of literature -- From archaeology to genealogy -- The prison -- Repressed sexuality -- A true sex -- Political power, rationality, and critique -- Practices of the self.
     
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  27. Johanna Oksala (2011). Lines of Fragility: A Foucaultian Critique of Violence. In Nathan Eckstrand & Christopher S. Yates (eds.), Philosophy and the Return of Violence: Studies From This Widening Gyre. Continuum International Publishing Group
     
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  28. Johanna Oksala (2011). The Neo-Liberal Subject of Feminism: From Discipline to Self-Advancement. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 42 (1):104.
     
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