Jun 272013

A couple of weeks ago on the Omens blog, I published a link to a piece on the NSA Internet surveillance revelations and Foucault’s prescient warnings about the Panopticon (a theoretical prison designed by Jeremy Bentham). That generated considerable comment, especially on Facebook. I thought it would be a good idea to introduce readers to the larger philosophy of Michel Foucault, who wrote especially about madness, punishment and sex, his interest focused on power relations. Herewith two fascinating introductory lectures from Rick Roderick (a  Duke University professor, now, alas, deceased) and the other by Michael Roth who is now the president of Wesleyan University.


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