The French philosopher Didier Eribon
is the author of numerous books on Michel Foucault, on ‘la question gay’ and on the demise of the French left. His self-analysis “Return to Reims” has garnered attention in Germany unlike hardly any other French intellectual in recent times. In this essay he not only poses auto-socio-analytical questions about shame, class warfare and proletarian self-hatred, but also analyses the social conditions of the turn to the right among certain sections of the working class.
Exclusively for the series “Fearless Speech – Reconsidering Foucault” at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Didier Eribon will provide a new reading of the first volume of Foucault’s “History of Sexuality”, reformulating the analyses and perspectives there in light of current intellectual and political challenges.
Foucault’s “The Will to Knowledge” was an intervention into the topics that had been the central focal points of the theoretical debates carried out by the radical left in the 1960s and 1970s: the analysis of power, the forms of domination, the function of capitalism, bourgeois society, the idea of revolution, Freudo-Marxism and the struggles of sexual minorities.
With this new reading of Foucault, Eribon reflects on the necessary conditions for and the fundamental principles of critical thinking today. Part of the HAU event series "Fearless Speech".