“Society Must Be Defended” and the Last Foucault

Radical Philosophy Review 7 (1):1-16 (2004)
Michel Foucault’s 1976 Collège de France course provides a window on the shift into the work of his final years. Presented between the publication of Discipline and Punish (1975) and the first volume of The History of Sexuality (1976), the lectures presented a political history of power that foregrounded the function of war. This article suggests that elements of the lectures could already be found in Discipline and Punish and that they introduced categories, such as bio-power, that became increasingly important to Foucault in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Furthermore, I illustrate the historical context for Foucault’s lectures: the fading possibilities of 1968 and contemporaneous anti-totalitarian political debate
Keywords Social and Political Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 1388-4441
DOI 10.5840/radphilrev2004718
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,840
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
War in the Social and Disciplinary Bodies.Todd May - 2004 - Radical Philosophy Review 7 (1):41-58.
Foucault's Politics and Bellicosity as a Matrix for Power Relations.Marcelo Hoffman - 2007 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (6):756-778.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

34 ( #153,160 of 2,178,269 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

3 ( #112,553 of 2,178,269 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums