Foucault Society: Feb 21-22: Origins of Truth: Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know

Winter Conference 


We are pleased to invite you to  


Origins of Truth:

Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know


a conference presented by  


The Foucault Society

and the

 Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University



Friday, February 21 — Saturday, February 22, 2014



Stony Brook Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South

Entrance: 101-113 East 27th Street

New York, NY 10016


Keynote Address:

“The Will to Know”

Todd May, Clemson University 


Guest Speaker:

Eduardo Mendieta, Stony Brook University


Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1970-1971–the first of his annual courses–set an agenda for his intellectual journey of the 1970s and 1980s. Now published in English translation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), the Lectures open up new directions for research into power, knowledge and the “formation of discourses.”  This conference gathers a group of emerging and established scholars to offer new perspectives on the sources, themes and intellectual, historical or political contexts of Lectures on the Will to Know. What are the multiple ways that “truth” and “origins” are developed in Foucault’s work?  How do philosophy and history intersect in this text?   What is “will” in a Foucaultian context and how can we think of “the will to know” without reinstalling sovereign subjectivity?  How do Foucault’s encounters with Aristotle, Nietzsche, Deleuzeindeed, with the possibility of an origin of Western knowledge–complicate our understanding of his genealogical approach?


Please join us for two days of productive conversation with an international group of emerging and established scholars.


To register for the conference, please visit our

Eventbrite page.


For more information:



Call for Papers 

We still have space for a few additional papers. In order to fill some gaps in our coverage of the Lectures on the Will to Know, we are especially interested in papers which offer feminist, queer or critical race perspectives.


If you are working on Lectures on the Will to Know and would like to present your research–either as a full paper or as part of a more informal roundtable discussion–please send a 500 word proposal to


Please also email us if you would like to serve as a moderator for a panel or paper presentation.


We can accept new proposals on a rolling basis until February 14. 



About the Foucault Society:

The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984).  All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault’s work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.
Twitter:  @foucaultsociety


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