One place to start would be Foucault's discussion of the election of
Francois Mitterand in 1981, the first left(ist) President of France in many
See: "So is it important to think?", EW3, p.454ff
On the other hand, one could take the route that Martin Hardie, with his
tongue firmly in cheek, has suggested on a different topic, and say that
Foucault would have given Obama... a three.
On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 4:15 PM, Chetan Vemuri <aryavartacnsrn@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
> So I know this is completely random, but since we know that Foucault was
> intending to move to California (at least I think he was) before his death
> came into the picture, and considering (without AIDS of course, purely
> theoretical) he lived through 2008, what do you think he would have had to
> say about the presidential election and Obama's rise to power?
> Do you think he would have been positive, negative or ambivalent?
> I ask because I read an interesting yet rare piece by Judith Butler on
> Obama's victory taking a guarded approach yet appreciating its apparent
> significance. I'm not trying to equivocate both thinkers, but I have an
> inkling Foucault would have had a similar if not identical opinion, had he
> lived to the present.
> Here's Butler's article:
> Chetan Vemuri
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