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By Ben Golder

This booklet makes a speciality of Michel Foucault's overdue paintings on rights with a purpose to handle broader questions about the politics of rights within the modern period. As numerous commentators have saw, whatever relatively notable occurs during this past due paintings. In his early profession, Foucault have been an excellent critic of the liberal discourse of rights. unexpectedly, from approximately 1976 onward, he makes expanding appeals to rights in his philosophical writings, political statements, interviews, and journalism. He not just defends their value; he argues for rights new and as-yet-unrecognized. Does Foucault easily revise his former positions and recommend a liberal politics of rights? Ben Golder proposes a solution to this puzzle, that is that Foucault methods rights in a spirit of inventive and demanding appropriation. He makes use of rights strategically for a number political reasons that can not be lowered to an easy endorsement of political liberalism. Golder develops this interpretation of Foucault's paintings whereas reading its shortcomings and bearing on it to the methods taken through a sequence of present thinkers additionally engaged in contemplating where of rights in modern politics, together with Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Jacques Rancière.

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