By Christopher Falzon, Timothy O'Leary, Jana Sawicki
A significant other to Foucault contains a suite of essays from tested and rising students that symbolize the main broad remedy of French thinker Michel Foucault’s works presently available.
• contains a accomplished choice of authors and subject matters, with either verified and rising students represented
• contains chapters that survey Foucault’s significant works and others that method his paintings from a variety of thematic angles
• Engages greatly with Foucault's lately released lecture classes from the Collège de France
• comprises the 1st translation of the broad ‘Chronology’ of Foucault’s existence and works written by way of Foucault’s life-partner Daniel Defert
• incorporates a bibliography of Foucault’s shorter works in English, cross-referenced to the normal French version Dits et Ecrits
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These are, of course, the “species” of organizations whose mutation during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was so thoroughly studied by Foucault. In his book on the subject Deleuze distinguishes the two articulations involved in the production of these social entities this way: Strata are historical formations, positivities or empiricities. As ‘sedimentary beds’ they are made from things and words, from seeing and speaking, from the visible and the sayable, from bands of visibility and fields of sayability, from contents and expressions.
But has anyone ever produced evidence that a factory ran by robots does not produce any profits? Of course not. Machines also produce value (and profits) because they are not just a product of labor but much more importantly, of engineering design and science. And industrial organization (like Taylorism) is also a source of value, even if it carries hidden costs like the deskilling of a worker population. The belief in the tendency of the rate of profit to fall, or rather, on the labor theory of value that underpins it, leads Deleuze and Guattari to deny Braudel’s well documented assertion that maritime metropolises in the thirteenth century were the birth place of economic organizations capable of manipulating supply and demand.
Discourses were, of course, the subject of Foucault’s previous publications so it is not surprising that they are still important in this book. But a new set of practices is now added to those that produce discourse, practices that involve causal interventions on the human body: from torture and mutilation, to subtler varieties of punishment, such as imposed physical exercise. Even the systematic keeping of records, a practice that involves writing and could therefore be considered discursive, is indeed non-discursive: it makes use of a logistical form of writing – keeping track of dosages and visits in hospitals; of daily behavior and performance in schools and barracks; of the content of warehouses and raw materials used in factories – a type of writing that may serve as data for those who develop a discourse, but that does not lend itself to endless hermeneutic rounds as real discourses do.
A Companion to Foucault (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy) by Christopher Falzon, Timothy O'Leary, Jana Sawicki