"What characterizes the act of justice is not resort to a court and to judges; it is not the intervention of magistrates (even if they had to be simple mediators or arbitrators). What characterizes the juridical act, the process or the procedure in the broad sense, is the regulated development of a dispute. And the intervention of judges, their opinion or decision, is only ever an episode in this development. What defines the juridical order is the way in which one confronts one another, the way in which one struggles. The rule and the struggle, the rule in the struggle, this is the juridical." - Michel Foucault, Penal Theories and Institutions

In Foucault and the Problem of Justice Part III, we will examine Foucault’s lectures at the Collège de France between 1980 and 1984 (Subjectivity and Truth, The Hermeneutics of the Subject, The Government of Self and Others, and The Courage of Truth). This last series of Foucault’s lectures at the Collège de France pivots on an important transformation that we encountered in Part II, where Foucault moves from the analysis of governmental reason and the veridiction of the market to regimes of truth and the conduct or government of the subject by the subject in his lectures On the Government of the Living. In this final series of lectures, which span four years and are Foucault’s final years, we see a remarkable set of claims that open new space for the consideration of the relation between truth and justice, each of which are focused with slightly different philosophical emphases, on political and juridical problems of power. Foucault patiently examines each problem in their historical context and evolution in Ancient Greek, Roman, and Christian Literature. Texts will be provided to the class at each meeting. Meetings are bi-weekly Tuesdays at 7 pm on February 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, and April 23. Please note that the location of each class is not consistent, so be sure to check this particular event’s room location.


This series will be taught by Peter Macapia. Macapia is a philosopher, artist, architect and founder of Peter Macapia Studio and labDORA, an internationally recognized research and design studio. Macapia studied under Rosalind Krauss, John Rajchman, Gayatri Spivak, and Akeel Bilgrami. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Macapia moved to the Northeast to study art and philosophy at RISD and Brown for his Bachelor’s, American history at Harvard University for his Masters, and finally Columbia University for his PhD in Theory and Criticism. He has exhibited and published internationally and collaborated with such artists as Vito Acconci. Macapia has taught at Columbia University, The New School for Social Research/Parsons, and elsewhere. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute where he teaches political philosophy and architectural design.

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