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The Last Man Takes LSD by Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora
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May 25, 2021 | ISBN 9781839761393

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“In their riveting study, Dean and Zamora put Foucault in dialogue not only with the anti-Marxist New Philosophers of the 1970s but also with a neoliberalism emerging from within French socialist circles after 1968. The result is a completely unexpected Foucault, more rooted in the struggles of his own time, yet still speaking, as a cautionary tale, to our own. One would be hard pressed to find a better book on such a complex thinker or a more compulsively readable introduction to the contradictory politics of the left in our current moment.”
—Corey Robin, author of The Reactionary Mind

“Dean and Zamora use Foucault’s thesis of the dissolution of the Author as the key to understanding his later shift to issues of governmentality, neoliberalism, and his turn to subjectivity. By so doing, they violate his own injunction of resorting to the author’s life to comprehend any work, and consequently produce the best account of his work I have ever encountered.”
—Philip Mirowski, author of Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste

“By locating Foucault’s later work in the social and political context of the 1970s and ’80s, in France, California, and elsewhere, Dean and Zamora have performed a double service. We finish their study better understanding the roots of Foucault’s ideas, and the motivation for his dalliance with a nascent neoliberalism. But we also perceive the limited shelf life of his idiosyncratic notion of freedom; in our time, it would be folly to carry on revering him as—in Sartre’s phrase—the ‘unsurpassable horizon’ of radical thought.”
—Peter Dews, author of Logics of Disintegration

“In this brilliant and incisive book, Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora show that neoliberalism appeared to Foucault to offer a break with the normalization of the welfare state and a space for new political experiments and individual freedoms. Looking back from our context of generalised precarity, deep inequality and economic and environmental crises, they challenge us to break with this tattered utopia and move beyond Foucault’s fascination with the aesthetics of the self to re-invent politics for our time.”
—Jessica Whyte, author of The Morals of the Market

“The Last Man Takes LSD is the best account of Foucault’s engagement with neoliberalism. The book raises a number of intriguing questions, not the least of which is: What is left?”
John Foster, The Battleground

“Dean and Zamora do an excellent job contextualizing Foucault’s research and ideas in his final years. They methodically trace the nuances of the era’s prickly political climate, creating a sympathetic portrait of Foucault’s promotion of a damaging and—for a thinker who fruitfully explored power and exploitation—self-defeating philosophical turn.”
Jonathan Russell Clark, Los Angeles Times

“Not just a brilliant and well-timed ¬exploration of Foucault’s intellectual ¬trajectory … it is also a necessary addition to the literature that has emerged over the past five years on the intellectual history of neoliberalism.”
Gavin Jacobson, New Statesman

The Last Man Takes LSD questions the lingering significance of Foucault’s work today, highlighting a greater gap in Foucauldian thought: the absence of a well-developed theory of the state.”
—Samuel Clowes Huneke, The Point

“A fascinating study of Foucault’s American years.”
—Stuart Jeffries, Spectator

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