Michel Foucault. Le pouvoir et la bataille (2014)

My rough translation of the description of this book:
Power is not what some capture as a beautiful morning, and then lose or give away as events. At the margins of our lives, power is exercised and ceaselessly strives to expand. This was the great lesson of Michel Foucault, marking the end of dreams – those of revolution, of transgression, of prophecy – and the return of seriousness in philosophy. Power reserves surprises for the one who dares to analyze it. Both strong and weak, certain and equivocal, persistent but reversible, power seems perpetually menaced by another thing the opposition reflects in its exercise. How to report this paradox of power without interrogating its place of emergence, or – if one wants to conjure the chimeras of origin – its limit? What is this other of power, which both underpins, jeopardizes, and haunts philosophical writing? We will call this other: battle. It is this obscure region around power, underdeveloped by Foucault, yet presented in this work that we try to approach.
(I welcome corrections, as I am just starting to learn French!)

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chevallierPhilippe Chevallier, Michel Foucault. Le pouvoir et la bataille, Presses Universitaires de France, 2014

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L’ouvrage
Le pouvoir n’est pas ce dont certains se saisissent un beau matin, pour ensuite le perdre ou le céder au gré des événements. À la lisière de nos vies, le pouvoir s’exerce et se risque sans cesse. Telle fut la grande leçon de Michel Foucault, marquant la fin des rêves – ceux de la révolution, de la transgression, de la prophétie – et le retour du sérieux en philosophie.
Le pouvoir réserve bien des surprises à celui qui se risque à en faire l’analyse. À la fois fort et faible, sûr de sa fin et équivoque, tenace mais réversible, le pouvoir semble perpétuellement menacé par autre chose que l’opposition réfléchie à son exercice. Comment rendre compte de ce paradoxe du pouvoir sans s’interroger sur son lieu d’émergence, ou – si l’on veut…

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2 Responses to Michel Foucault. Le pouvoir et la bataille (2014)

  1. terenceblake says:

    Some slight modifications to your translation:
    Power is not something that some people seize one fine day, and then lose or give away as events unfold. At the margins of our lives, power is exercised and ceaselessly places itself at risk. This was the great lesson of Michel Foucault, marking the end of dreams – those of revolution, of transgression, of prophecy – and the return of seriousness in philosophy. Power reserves many surprises for one who dares to analyze it. Both strong and weak, certain of its goal and equivocal, persistent but reversible, power seems perpetually menaced by something else than a thought out opposition to its exercise. How to account for this paradox of power without interrogating its place of emergence, or – if one wants to avoid the chimeras of origin – its limit? What is this other of power, which both underpins and jeopardizes it, and haunts philosophical writing? We will call this other: battle. It is this obscure region around power, underdeveloped by Foucault, yet present in his work that we will try to approach.

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