Protevi on Foucault’s method 1

I’m currently trying to get a grasp on the relations between Foucault’s and Deleuze and Guattari’s relationships to geography. I have found the opening section of John Protevi’s “What does Foucault think is new about neoliberalism?” to be rather helpful to think through part of this. More to come.

Protevi (2009) “What does Foucault think is new about neoliberalism?”

Two goals: via Security, Territory, Population & The Birth of Biopolitics, expose Deleuzean nature of F’s differential historical methodology and what he thinks is new about neolib.

F’s realism and interactive realism

1)    Non-progressivist history: does provide tools by which governed can understand rationality by which they are governed; normative: trusts governed to know when it is time to resist.

2)    Non-hylomorphic: does not think ‘raw material’ of history is senseless and requires ordering

Instead: there is immanent order in historical events that F reveals by proposing a grid of intelligibility that shows how it is possible (historical realism). Immanent orders are power-knowledge dispositifs informed by political rationality, functioning as “regimes of truth” that constitutes objects which can be judged true or false.

Grid is required b/c dispositifs are multiplicities (relation to abstract machines?)

NOT genealogy! Genealogy tracks the constitution of the objects by the practices of the dispositif (interactively realist).

His historical realism uses grid of intelligibility to reveal dispositifs (immanent, differential, non-substantial) informed by political rationality and forming regimes of truth; the dispositifs are interactively realist b/c they can constitute objects in reality (material, discourse).

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