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Discipline and Punish Summer Reading Group


Michel Foucault is one of the mostly widely cited figures in the humanities, one of the most influential philosophers of the past one hundred years, and one of the most challenging to read and comprehend. Join us this summer in HCA 30 1B to untangle Foucault's classic text Discipline and Punish over food and drink.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

The discursive practices of the farm, which led to the development of chicken wire, the fenced barnyard, and the institution of the chicken coop, also constructed the authority which both invented the idea of the chicken and exerted power upon that chicken to compel it to cross the road.

Michel Foucault is one of the mostly widely cited figures in the humanities, one of the most influential philosophers of the past one hundred years, and one of the most challenging to read and comprehend.

Join us this summer in HCA 30 1B to untangle Foucault's classic text Discipline and Punish over food and drink:

Open to students, staff, and faculty.  If interested, please email elozada@haverford.edu with a brief paragraph stating why you are interested in reading Foucault.  Meeting schedule to follow.

Sponsored by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center

haverford.edu/hhc

From the Vintage/Random House Edition: Barely two hundred and fifty years ago a man condemned of attempting to assassinate the King of France was drawn and quartered in a grisly spectacle that suggested an unmediated duel between the violence of the criminal and the violence of the state. This groundbreaking book by the most influential philosopher since Sartre compels us to reevaluate our assumptions about all the ensuring reforms in the penal institutions of the West. For as he examines innovations that range from the abolition of torture to the institution of forced labor ad the appearance of the modern enitentiary, Michel Foucault suggests that punishment has shifted its locus from the prisoner's body to his soul - and that our very concern with rehabilitation encourages and refines criminal activity.

Originally posted at: http://www.haverford.edu/news/stories/51561/11