What does it mean to be free when the market exceedingly places the demand on individuals to be free, creative, autonomous, and striving? What is the difference between what Foucault, since the end of the 1970s, coined as “homo economicus” and the ensemble of practices of freedom upon which we can perhaps attempt to project something like an act of resistance?
Judith Revel is professor of Contemporary Philosophy at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (laboratoire Sophiapol, EA 3932). She is a member of the Scientific Office of the Centre Michel Foucault and a highly regarded scholar on Foucault’s work. Her work focuses on how philosophy has problematized its own practice and relationship to politics and aesthetics after 1945. Her latest book is Foucault avec Merleau-Ponty. Ontologie politique, présentisme et histoire (2015).