Foucault’s Mal faire, dire vrai to be published in French & English

Good news for Foucault scholars. According to a press release from U Chicago Press:

More than 30 years ago, French philosopher Michel Foucault gave a landmark series of seven lectures at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium In them, Foucault linked his early and late work—exploring the role of confession in the determination of truth and justice from the time of the Greeks forward to the 1970s.

While the lectures had been mythic among Foucault scholars, only a partial, poorly transcribed account had survived. Recently rediscovered, details of the lectures have been published in a new book co-edited by Prof. Bernard E. Harcourt.

Have they been “mythic”? In any case, they’ll be published initially in French and then in English later this year.

The article also mentions that Harcourt is working on Foucault’s 1973 lectures at the Collège de France, La société punitive [The Punitive Society] to be published in French at the end of 2013.


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