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Acknowledged as the pre-eminent philosopher of France in the 1970s and 1980s, Michel Foucault continues to have enormous impact throughout the world in many disciplines. The Palgrave Foucault collection brings together never before published lecture notes to the latest secondary research, forming essential reading for scholars and researchers in Continental philosophy, Critical Theory, and anyone studying Foucault.


The Punitive Society
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Michel Foucault, edited by Arnold I. Davidson
September 2015 / Hardback / 9781403986603
340 pages / Not yet published

£27.00 / $40.00

The Punitive Society

Lectures at the Collège de France, 1972-1973

These thirteen lectures on the 'punitive society,' delivered at the Collège de France in the first three months of 1973, examine the way in which the relations between justice and truth that govern modern penal law were forged, and question what links them to the emergence of a new punitive regime that still dominates contemporary society.

Presumed to be preparation for Discipline and Punish, published in 1975, in fact the lectures unfold quite differently, going beyond the carceral system and encompassing the whole of capitalist society, at the heart of which is the invention of a particular management of the multiplicity of interweaving illegalisms.

The lectures, which stand as an essay in its own right, bring together hitherto unpublished historical material concerning classical political economy, the Quakers, English 'Dissenters,' and their philanthropy – the discourse of those who introduce the penitentiary into the penal – and the moralization of the worker's time. Through his criticism of Thomas Hobbes, Michel Foucault offers an analysis of civil war that is not the war of all against all, but a 'general matrix' that makes it possible to understand the functioning of the penal strategy, the target of which is less the criminal than the social enemy within. The Punitive Society is one of the great texts recounting the history of capitalism. Our human sciences prove to be, in the Nietzschean sense, 'moral sciences.'

Arnold I. Davidson, Series Editor, is the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, USA, and Professor of the Philosophy of Cultures at the Università Ca'Foscari, Venice, Italy. He is co-editor of the volume Michel Foucault: Philosophie.

Graham Burchell is a translator. As well as translating Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France he has written essays on Foucault's work and was an editor of and contributor to the influential volume
The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality.


Praise for previous titles in the Collège de France series

[Foucault] must be reckoned with. - The New York Times Book Review
These lectures offer important insights into the evolution of the primary focus of Foucault's later work – the relationship between power and knowledge. - Library Journal
Ideas spark off nearly every page of this book, as Foucault manages to reinvigorate questions of power and violence that might have seemed well-worn. The words may have been spoken in 1976, but they seem as alive and relevant as if they had been written yesterday. - Bookforum


Research Companion
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Sverre Raffnsøe, Morten S Thaning, Marius Gudmand-Hoyer
November 2015 / Hardback / 9781137351012
544 pages / Not yet published

£135.00 / $210.00

Michel Foucault

A Research Companion

Michel Foucault continues to be one of the most influential thinkers not only within contemporary philosophy but across the human and social sciences. His philosophical diagnoses challenges us to rethink our conception of crucial phenomena such as madness, discipline, the human sciences, the state, neoliberalism, sexuality and subject formation in order to reconceive who we are today. Based on his work in its entirety and with special emphasis on his many recently published lecture series this book provides an updated, comprehensive and original account of his thought.

Michel Foucault: A Research Companion reads Foucault as a philosopher and so contains an extensive systematic account and discussion of his unique conception of philosophy that expresses a unifying trajectory in his work across the numerous displacements that he undertakes. The main part of the book is organized as a series of presentations of his ground-breaking diagnoses and the immensely influential analytical concepts developed in each of them. Read together these chapters provide a comprehensive chronological interpretation of Foucault's thought but the individual presentations can also be read independently of each other.

Sverre Raffnsøe is Professor of Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and editor in chief of Foucault Studies.

Marius Gudmand-Høyer is Assistant Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Morten Thaning Sørensen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark with research in Foucault, philosophical hermeneutics and Ancient philosophy.


In Michel Foucault: A Research Companion, Raffnsøe, Gudmand-Høyer and Thaning offer a comprehensive and exquisitely detailed review of the works of Michel Foucault. Unlike those who point to revolutionary breaks in Foucault's thought, the authors show continuity in Foucault's philosophical practice of unrelentless self–criticism. We owe a debt of gratitude to the authors for returning us to Foucault, the philosopher, and to his modes of criticism that can guide us in our research. No one interested in the application of Foucault's conceptualizations in the studying our present can be without this book. - Patricia Ticineto Clough, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York, author of Auto Affection, Feminist Thought and The End(s) of Ethnography, and editor of The Affective Turn
Based on a thorough-going examination of Foucault’s lectures and published works, the volume offers a new perspective to help make way, in a coherent and consistent manner, through Foucault's writings and political engagements. Well-written, in a very accessible style, this Research Companion presents Foucault as a philosopher who recurrently engages in a diagnosis of our most critical contemporary experiences. It offers a unifying trajectory across the different phases and periods of Foucault’s work. - Bernard E. Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Director, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, Columbia University, US, and Directeur d'études, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), France