Foucault and Normative Political Philosophy

Paul Patton

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    13 Citations (Scopus)
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFoucault and Philosophy
    EditorsTimothy O’Leary , Christopher Falzon
    Place of PublicationChichester, UK
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)1444320106, 9781444320107
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Foucault and normative political philosophy-liberal and neo-liberal governmentality and public reason
    • Foucault's approach to forms of governmental reason-an important supplement
    • Foucault's critical remarks about state phobia-directed at his own intellectual milieu, background culture of politics
    • Foucault's reasons for studying neo-liberal governmentality-no less normative
    • Foucault's resolutely descriptive approach-to the nature of government
    • Historical analysis of governmentality-understanding normative frameworks of modern liberal public reason
    • Liberal and neo-liberal governmentality
    • Rawls's political liberalism-seeking to spell out normative principles, informing a just and democratic society
    • The Birth of Biopolitics, his approach to political government-from normative concerns of political philosophy
    • The Birth of Biopolitics-striking combination of descriptive and normative concerns

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