By Perry Zurn
Shaped within the wake of may well 1968, the Prisons info staff (GIP) used to be an intensive resistance move lively in France within the early 1970's. Theorist Michel Foucault was once seriously concerned. This booklet collects interdisciplinary essays that discover the GIP's assets either for Foucault reviews and for criminal activism at the present time.
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9. Foucault, “Le grand enfermement,” 1173. 10. Michel Foucault, “Power, Moral Values, and the Intellectual,” History of the Present 4 (Spring 1988): 1–2, 11–13. 11. Ibid. In response to his interlocutor, Foucault says, “I think that, at the heart of all this, there’s a misunderstanding about the function of philosophy, of the intellectual, of knowledge in general: and that is that it’s up to them to tell us what is good. Well, no! No, no, no! That’s not their role. They already have far too much of a tendency to play that role as it is.
45 In just five years the tables turned 180 degrees; it is Foucault the activist who is the philosopher, while the ivory-tower-ensconced academics who pride themselves on abstraction in the pursuit of timeless truth are the ones who have lost their way. III The Lesson of Failure The experience of reading Hadot’s work was of obviously great importance in Foucault’s reassessment of philosophy and the reconciliation he effected between philosophy and political activism in his own life. I 32 ● Ladelle McWhorter want to suggest, however, that there was another—perhaps equally— significant experience: political failure.
For more on the role of the GIP in Foucault’s life and thought, see Didier Eribon, Michel Foucault (1989; Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992), esp. Chap. 16; David Macey, The Lives of Michel Foucault: A Biography (New York: Pantheon, 1993), esp. Chap. 11; and James Miller, The Passion of Michel Foucault (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993), esp. Chap. 6. 9. Artiè res, “Chronologie,” FGIP-I, 9–14. 10. See Marcelo Hoffman, “Foucault, the Prisoner Support Movement, and Disciplinary Power,” Foucault and Power: The Influence of Political Engagement on Theories of Power (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), 15–46; Richard Wolin, “Foucault and the Maoists: Biopolitics and Engagement,” The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution, and the Legacy of the 1960s (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012), 288–349; and Julian Bourg, “Part One,” From Revolution to Ethics: May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2007).
Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition by Perry Zurn