Foucault and Subjectivity 

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Foucault and Subjectivity 

Fall 2018

Taught By: Simona Forti

Section: A

CRN: 7135

Credits: 3

Developing core ideas put forward by Michel Foucault, much of the contemporary debate in political theory revolves around the question of new forms of power, from biopower to governmentality. What is mostly missing in the debate is an analysis delving deeply into the folds of subjectivity. The course aims at tracing back a philosophical genealogy of the intertwinement between subjectivity, power, domination that sheds light on the subjective side of the relation. Readings from Foucault’s last lectures at the Collège de France, will allow us to raise questions remained often untought, like the following: What is the structure of that subjectivity which slides easier into domination? What desires motivate our attachment to powers and where our anxiety to conform stems from? How to envisage the conditions of possibility for a resistant subject, for a Self that is capable to create friction with domination? This Self far from being a return to individualism, it will turn out to be an ‘an-archic’ subject that blurs the boundaries between ethics and politics.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:10am 1/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 1100

Date Range: 8/29/2018 - 12/12/2018