Mark G. E. Kelly is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of The Political Philosophy of Michel Foucault (Routledge, 2009), Foucault’s History of Sexuality Vol. I (Edinburgh, 2013) and Foucault and Politics (Edinburgh, 2014).
We see a situation in which neoliberalism has driven us into a brick wall and people are trying to find a way to get out of it. Foucault offers conceptual tools to those who are trying to change the world. In our contemporary conjuncture, attempting to mobilize Foucault’s name to shore up neoliberalism is perverse.
Alain Badiou is one of Europe’s most prolific, important, and controversial thinkers. But in America, he is less well known. In a short, critical introduction, Mark GE Kelly explains why we should care about Badiou and the heroic age of Western philosophy.