Colloque Foucault-Deleuze : chemins croisés

Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze are two major figures in post-war French philosophy. Belonging to the same generation of thinkers that included Jacques Derrida, Jean François Lyotard and François Châtelet, Foucault and Deleuze were able to develop a new practice of philosophy, based on an eminently critical task in constant dialogue with fields such as history, epistemology, politics and artistic creation. Moreover, they were regular interlocutors, sharing a long philosophical friendship, at times marked by mutual respect, sometimes inhabited by a long silence. In this way, Deleuze and Foucault had numerous philosophical, biographical and political connections throughout their intellectual and personal lives. Yet, while their respective works have been the subject of numerous studies, there are few studies in French on the different relationships (of proximity, distance or opposition) that existed between these two figures. The aim of this colloquium is to fill this gap, shedding light on a complex intellectual relationship – made up of common causes, shared references, similar themes, but also differences of style, local disagreements and sometimes profound oppositions. The aim is to better understand, through the example of the Foucault/Deleuze relationship, the differences, similarities and controversies that marked the French philosophical moment of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

  • Host City, Country

    Bordeaux, France

  • Dates


  • Organizing university or institution

    Université Bordeaux-Montaigne/Laboratoire SPH (UMRU 4574)

  • Place where the event will be held

    Université Bordeaux-Montaigne : Maison des Sciences Humaines

  • Name(s) of organizer(s)

    David Bastidas-Bolanos
    Thomas Detcheverry