In 1976, Jean Baudrillard sent this essay to the French magazine Critique, where Michel Foucault was an editor. Foucault was asked to reply, but remained silent. Forget Foucault (1977) made Baudrillard instantly infamous in France. It was a devastating revisitation of Foucault's recent History of Sexuality—and of his entire oeuvre—and also an attack on those philosophers, like Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, who believed that desire could be revolutionary. In Baudrillard's eyes, desire and power were interchangeable, so desire had no place in Foucault's work. There is no better introduction to Baudrillard's polemical approach to culture than these pages, in which Baudrillard dares Foucault to meet the challenge of his own thought. This Semiotext(e) edition of Forget Foucault is accompanied by a dialogue with Sylvere Lotringer, "Forget Baudrillard," a reevaluation by Baudrillard of his lesser-known early works as a post-Marxian thinker. Lotringer presses Baudrillard to explain how he arrived at his infamous extrapolationist theories from his roots in the nineteenth and early twentieth century social and anthropological works of Karl Marx, Marcel Mauss, and Emil Durkheim.
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Review: Forget Foucault (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)User Review - Aaron Kent - Goodreads
Philosophy makes my head hurt. I can stand one book every rare once in a while (kind of like Dunhill cigarettes). There's always a terror for me at the bottom of discussions of philosophy because it ... Read full review
Review: Forget Foucault (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)User Review - Mike - Goodreads
This book is half essay and half interview. The essay is JB's critique of Foucault. He isn't satisfied with Foucault's use of the concept of power, and pits a concept of his own, seduction, against it ... Read full review