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The Productive Body asks how the human body and its labor have been expropriated and re-engineered through successive stages of capitalism; and how capitalism’s transformation of the body is related to the rise of scientific psychology and social science disciplines complicit with modern regimes of control. In Discipline and Punish, Foucault cited Guéry and Deleule in order to link Marx’s diagnosis of capitalism with his own critique of power/knowledge. The Productive Body brings together Marxism and theories of the body-machine for the goal of political revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780995779
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 155
Sales rank: 1,167,332
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Didier Deleule is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense and President of the Société Française de Philosophie. François Guéry is Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Université Jean Moulin, Lyon. Philip Barnard and Stephen Shapiro are Professors, respectively, at the universities of Kansas and Warwick.

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction to the English Edition 1

Bibliography and Works Cited 41

A Note on the Text and Translation 46

The Productive Body (1972) 49

Foreword 51

Part 1 The Individualization of the Productive Body 55

Chapter I Body, Production, Productivity 57

Chapter II The Productive Body in Marx: The Capitalist Appropriation of the Body's Powers 63

Chapter III An Ongoing Metamorphosis: The Naturalization of the Powers of the Head; or, the Brain's Fragmentation 92

Part 2 Body-Machine and Living Machine 97

Chapter I The Construction of the Productive Body in its Own Image 101

1 The Cartesian Theory of the Body-Machine and Life as Conquest 101

2 The Theory of the Body-Machine as a Tool for Conceptualizing the Construction of the Productive Body 107

Chapter II Psychology within the Productive Body 110

1 Psychology as "Organology"; or, the Living Machine and its Contradictions 110

2 Survival as the Real Theme of Modern Psychology 124

3 Modern Psychology; or, New and Improved Productive Consumption 128

Notes 134

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