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Foucault: 'What Could Be Otherwise'

A noteworthy conversation that took place in September 1971 between Michel Foucault and Dutch philosopher Fons Elders is to be published for the fi rst time later this year. It reiterates some of the best-known Foucauldian positions on the Enlightenment idea of reason, madness, foreign cultures, and sexuality, while reminding us what Foucault's rare practice of knowing has to offer today.

1 The Vicious Circle

The following reflections were triggered by a remarkable conversation between Michel Foucault and Dutch philosopher Fons Elders. In this September 1971 interview, slated to be published for the first time later this year, Elders spoke with Foucault in preparation for his televised debate with Noam Chomsky in November the same year. Foucault participated in the conversation with Elders at the height of his anti-prison activism as a member of GIP (Groupe d’information sur les prisons, or the Prison Information Group), in the same month as the Attica revolt and the hostage crisis in the French Clairvaux prison.

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