Valentina Antoniol

Between the Impossible and the Necessary: Towards a Reading of «Society Must Be Defended» as Foucault’s Critique of Schmitt

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Keywords: Foucault, Schmitt, War, the Political

This article aims to show that one of the theoretical lines, that implicitly underpin Foucault’s lectures Society Must Be Defended, can be identified in a critical dialogue with Schmitt – a subject on which the literature is still scant today. By examining the «Fonds Foucault», the unpublished manuscripts located at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the author shows that the Foucaultian’s polemocritical model has some relevant theoretical proximity with Schmitt’s theory of the political, but in fact develops as a radical critique of it.

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