Michel Foucault: The Late Lectures

Friday, November 7, 2014  3:00pm - 5:00pm East Gallery, Buell Hall (Maison Francaise)


Heyman Center for the Humanities

Maison Française

Center for Contemporary Critical Thought

In his late Collège de France lectures, Michel Foucault opened up new paths for research, what he so often referred to as "des pistes de recherche," many of which have only come to light now as a result of the recent publication of the lectures. Ranging from the concept of security to the notion of truth-telling, to the relationship between veridiction and juridiction, to the arts of governing, the hermeneutics of the self, and the notion of "voluntary inservitude," the late lectures represent a font of new material to allow us to think with Foucault. At the same time, they offer a new lens through which to reread the earlier published works, from the History of Madness, through Discipline and Punish, to the History of Sexuality. This colloquium will discuss a number of the ideas and concepts that were born and sketched out in the lectures, but that remain today still to be explored. 


  • Seyla Benhabib

    Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science & Philosophy

    Yale University

  • François Ewald

    Professor Emeritus

    Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers

  • Bernard E.  Harcourt

    Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Director, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought,

    Columbia University

  • George Kateb

    William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Emeritus

    Princeton University

  • Emmanuelle Saada

    Associate Professor of French and Romance Philology; Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies

    Columbia University


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