7/13 | Beyond the Punitive Society

A Joint Session with The Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy at the University of Warwick:

Miguel Beistegui, Claire Blencowe, Henrique Carvalho, Stuart Elden, Daniele Lorenzini, Goldie Osuri, Irene Dal Poz, Federico Testa, and Bernard E. Harcourt

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The Punitive Society by Michel Foucault

Thursday, January 7, 2021

12:15 – 2:45 pm EST / 5:15-7:45 pm UK time


In 1973, Michel Foucault delivered a series of lectures at the Collège de France on The Punitive Society that tied together the exploitation of the working class to the invention of the prison. Foucault brought together the different strands of oppression—economic, social, carceral—under the larger rubric of a “punitive society.” In this seminar, we will explore what it would mean to abolish our punitive society.


Foucault 4/13 at Columbia University, October 26, 2015