CFP: Origins of Truth: Foucault's Lectures on the Will to Know (9/10/13 deadline)

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The Foucault Society, NYC

Papers are invited for a conference on Michel Foucault's Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1970-1971, to be held November 8-9, 2013, in New York City. Presented by the Foucault Society and the Stony Brook University Department of Philosophy, the conference will feature a keynote by Todd May (Clemson University). Eduardo Mendieta (Stony Brook) will be a guest speaker.

As the first of Foucault's annual courses, Lectures on the Will to Know set an agenda for his intellectual journey of the 1970s and 1980s. Its publication in English translation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) opens up new directions for research into power, knowledge and the "formation of discourses."

We invite papers on the sources, themes and intellectual, historical or political contexts of Foucault's 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 reintroducing sovereign subjectivity? How do Foucault's encounters with Aristotle, the Sophists, Nietzsche, Deleuze -- indeed, with the possibility of an origin of Western knowledge -- complicate our understanding of his genealogical approach?

Suggested Topics:

The Lecture Courses:
--"The Will to Know" and "The Order of Discourse"
--Issues of translation and transcription
--Continuities and disjunctions among the Lecture Courses
--Thematic connections to Foucault's earlier or later works

Intellectual History:
--Foucault and Deleuze
--Foucault and Nietzsche
--Foucault on Aristotle and the Sophists
--Foucault and Eastern Knowledge

Forms of Knowledge:
--Connaissance, Savoir and Truth
--Measurement (Being)
--Repetition and Becoming
--The Event
--"Oedipal Knowledge"

Truth and the City-State
--Political Economy

Please send 500 word proposals to:

Deadline: September 10, 2013.

Accepted presenters will be notified by September 20, 2013.

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