Origins of Truth: Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know
February 21-22, 2014
Stony Brook Manhattan
387 Park Avenue South (Enter at 101-113 East 27th Street)
New York, NY 10016
Keynote Address & Reception — Friday, February 21, 6:30pm
Todd May, Clemson University: “Michel Foucault’s Will to Know”
Guest Speaker — Saturday, February 22, 3:00pm
Eduardo Mendieta, Stony Brook University: “Morphologies of Truth: The Price of Subjectivity”
In celebration of the publication of Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1970-1971 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), we invite participants to a conference in New York City.
Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1970-1971–the first of his annual courses–set an agenda for his intellectual journey of the 1970s and 1980s. Now published in English translation, the Lectures open up new directions for research into power, knowledge and the “formation of discourses.” This conference will offer new perspectives on the sources, themes and intellectual, historical or political contexts of Lectures on the Will to Know. What are the multiple ways that “truth” and “origins” are developed in Foucault’s work? How do philosophy and history intersect in this text? What is “will” in a Foucaultian context and how can we think of “the will to know” without reinstalling sovereign subjectivity? How do Foucault’s encounters with Aristotle, Nietzsche, Deleuze—indeed, with the possibility of an origin of Western knowledge–complicate our understanding of his genealogical approach?
Thank you to everyone who joined us for two days of productive conversation with an international group of emerging and established scholars. For a list of speakers and paper titles, click here.
Co-sponsored by the Stony Brook University Department of Philosophy
Congratulations to Sam Binkley, Foucault Society Board Member and Associate Professor at Emerson College, on his new book, Happiness as Enterprise: An Essay on Neoliberal Life (SUNY Press, 2014). Boston Colleagues: Please join Sam for a Book Celebration at Emerson College on Wednesday, February 26, 5:30-7:00pm. For details, click here.
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