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By Perry Zurn

Shaped within the wake of may well 1968, the Prisons details team (GIP) used to be a thorough resistance circulation energetic in France within the early 1970's. Theorist Michel Foucault was once seriously concerned. This e-book collects interdisciplinary essays that discover the GIP's assets either for Foucault stories and for criminal activism this day.

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I What Is Philosophy? In an interview in 1975, Foucault described the writing he did in the 1960s in response to such literary figures as Roussel, Klosowski, Blanchot, and Bataille as an attempt to rid himself of or escape from philosophy. 4 It is primarily in the answers to interview questions concerning the GIP that he distances himself from philosophy and makes his most vitriolic denunciations of it. 7 In fact, academia and therefore academic philosophy may well be completely dependent upon the conservation of that order.

57 In this interview, at least, Foucault seems to believe that Discipline and Punish did what he wanted it to do; the genealogy was effective. 58 He would remain an activist in the commonly understood sense—signing petitions, attending protests, and so on—but, in addition, his activism would occur as scholarship in the production of histories of the present. ”59 It was as an activist that he was a philosopher and as a philosopher that he was an activist. IV Philosophy’s Prospects Henry David Thoreau might well have agreed with Foucault’s assessment and redefinition of philosophy as fundamentally a practice inseparable from how one lives one’s politically and historically specific life.

It must function. And not for itself. ” 20 Foucault took up this characterization of theory and used it to describe his own work The Abolition of Philosophy ● 27 at times. In 1974 he told an interviewer that he hoped people would use his books as a “tool-box” in their own efforts to make change. 21 In its essential practicality, Foucault’s work appears as the diametrical opposite of philosophy, therefore— if we accept Foucault’s previous assertion that philosophers never venture near anything like the real world.

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