Michel Foucault’s ‘apology’ for neoliberalism

Lecture delivered at the British Library on the 30th anniversary of the death of Michel Foucault, June 25, 2014

Mitchell Dean*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This lecture evaluates the claim made by one of his closest followers, François Ewald, that Foucault offered an apology for neoliberalism, particularly of the American school represented by Gary Becker. It draws on exchanges between Ewald and Becker in 2012 and 2013 at the University of Chicago shortly before the latter’s death. It places Foucault in relation to the then emergent Second Left in France, the critique of the welfare state, and, more broadly, the late-twentieth-century social-democratic take-up of neoliberal thought. It indicates three limitations of his thought: the problem of state ‘veridiction’; the question of inequality; and the concept of the economy. It also indicates how these might be addressed within a general appreciation of his thought.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-442
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Political Power
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Becker
  • economy
  • Ewald
  • Foucault
  • neoliberalism
  • Second Left
  • state

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Michel Foucault’s ‘apology’ for neoliberalism: Lecture delivered at the British Library on the 30th anniversary of the death of Michel Foucault, June 25, 2014'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this