Foucault and the subject of method

Peden, Knox (2012). Foucault and the subject of method. In Peter Hallward and Knox Peden (Ed.), Concept and form: volume one, selections from the Cahiers pour l'analyse (pp. 69-88) London, United Kingdom: Verso.

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Author Peden, Knox
Title of chapter Foucault and the subject of method
Title of book Concept and form: volume one, selections from the Cahiers pour l'analyse
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Verso
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781844678730
Editor Peter Hallward
Knox Peden
Volume number 2
Chapter number 5
Start page 69
End page 88
Total pages 20
Total chapters 17
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Shortly after Michel Foucault's death in 1984, Alain Badiou published an obituary
in Le Perroquet that pointed to an unexpected filiation between the former's
recent investigations into Graeco-Roman sexuality and the latter's philosophical
efforts.' Badiou wrote that he was 'personally moved' by Foucault's reintroduction
of the category of the subject in his courses of the 198os and went on to explain
why this was such a pleasant surprise: 'For the only conformism that one could
detect in Foucault - a conformism established and maintained by almost all
recognized French philosophers - was that, at least in his theoretical writings, he
tried to avoid Lacan:2 Foucault's hostility to psychoanalysis has become something
of a truism, chiefly because ofits treatment in The History of Sexuality as one
variant, albeit an exemplary one, of confessional discourse. His rejection of structuralism
and its linguistic and psychoanalytic bases in the 1970s also leads one to
think that Foucault's thinly veiled approbations of Lacan in The Order of Things
were but fleeting instances of anti-humanist solidarity.3 But Badiou's remarks
suggest that Foucault's final writings might register a kind of belated recognition
of the value of some of Lacan's claims and positions. And if Badiou is 'personally
moved' by this belated recognition, this also suggests that there might be a
personal history behind it. [extract]
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