Feb. 11-13, Intro to Foucault

No new readings for Feb. 11: finish discussion of truth & perspectivism for Nietzsche

 We talked about Reginster’s “Perspectivism, Criticism and Freedom of Spirit” on Feb. 11; here are my notes on the text and our discussions of part of it:

My notes on Reginster, “Perspectivism, Criticism, & Freedom of Spirit” (MS Word)

My notes on Reginster, “Perspectivism, Criticism, & Freedom of Spirit” (PDF)


We also talked about Nietzschean perspectivism and his view of truth, as well as which audience Nietzsche may be directing GM towards; here are my notes:

Nietzsche: Truth, Perspectivism, Audience (MS Word)

Nietzsche: Truth, Perspectivism, Audience (PDF)


Please read the following before class on Feb. 13

1. pp. 87-109 of the following (the rest is optional): Koopman, Colin. “What Problematization Is: Contingency, Complexity and Critique.” Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2013. Available on the course Connect site: https://go.library.ubc.ca/j26ctc

2.  “What Our Present Is,” interview with Foucault by André Berten. Trans. Lysa Hochroth. In Foucault Live: Collected Interviews, 1961-1984. 2nd ed. Ed. Sylvère Lotringer. New York: Semiotext(e), 1996.  This interview was conducted in 1983, and first published in Cahiers du GRIFFE 37-38 (1988). Available on the course Connect site: https://go.library.ubc.ca/gKhdLC

optional: Foucault, Michel. “Nietzsche, Genealogy, History.” Language, Counter-Memory, Practice: Selected Essays and Interviews by Michel Foucault. Ed. Donald F. Bouchard. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1977. Available on the course Connect site: https://go.library.ubc.ca/MtcgVS

 Here are my notes for the Koopman article and the “What Our Present Is” interview:

Foucauldian genealogy intro (Koopman) (MS Word)

Foucauldian genealogy intro (Koopman) (PDF)


Short paper due Feb. 14 (note new due date!)

If you are opting to do the short paper, you must submit it by 5pm on Friday, Feb. 14. You can submit it to the Connect website for the course (see “Assignments” on the left menu for a link to submit the essay), or you can bring a paper copy to my office by 5pm on Friday Feb. 14 (BUCH E375–I’ll be there 3-5pm on that day; or slide it under my door before 5pm).

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