Foucault and the Politics of Rights
This book focuses on Michel Foucault's late work on rights in order to address broader questions about the politics of rights in the contemporary era. As several commentators have observed, something quite remarkable happens in this late work. In his early career, Foucault had been a great critic of the liberal discourse of rights. Suddenly, from about 1976 onward, he makes increasing appeals to rights in his philosophical writings, political statements, interviews, and journalism. He not only defends their importance; he argues for rights new and as-yet-unrecognized. Does Foucault simply revise his former positions and endorse a liberal politics of rights? Ben Golder proposes an answer to this puzzle, which is that Foucault approaches rights in a spirit of creative and critical appropriation. He uses rights strategically for a range of political purposes that cannot be reduced to a simple endorsement of political liberalism. Golder develops this interpretation of Foucault's work while analyzing its shortcomings and relating it to the approaches taken by a series of current thinkers also engaged in considering the place of rights in contemporary politics, including Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Jacques Rancière.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
ambivalent analysis argues articulate biopolitical cault chapter Collège de France conception conduct constitute contemporary context contingent course critical counter-conduct critical legal critical legal studies critique death penalty Defended deploy deployment of rights Discipline and Punish discussion emphasis in original engagements with rights Ethics example Foucauldian Foucault 2.0 Foucault Studies Foucault’s critical Foucault’s late freedom function genealogy governmentality hence human rights Ibid identity individual insists International interpretation interventions interview Judith Butler juridical knowledge lecture liberal limits Marxist means Michel Foucault modern Moyn neoliberal Nietzsche normative one’s Paras particular pastorate Paul Patton philosophical politics of rights possibilities power relations practices precisely present problematic question Rancière reading resistance right to die rights claims rights discourse simply social Society sovereign sovereignty strategy of rupture struggle tactical technologies theoretical theorist tion tradition trans truth understanding University Press Utopia Vergès Wendy Brown writes