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The philosophical scene
Foucault interviewed by Moriaki Watanabe
in Foucault’s theatres
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In this 22 April 1978 Tokyo interview with Japanese theatre scholar, Moriaki Watanabe, Michel Foucault explores the tropes of theatricality at play in his work. A specialist in French theatre and literature, Watanabe was in the process of translating Foucault’s ‘The Will to Knowledge’ (La volonté de savoir) into Japanese. The interview is significant for the direct way in which Watanabe inveigles Foucault to reflect on his interest in the theatre, and in the explicitly theatrical ways in which Foucault’s thinking and writing operate. Questions of the Western obsession with the gaze, the theatricality of knowledge, the crisis of the real and the illusory provoked by theatre, distinctions between true and false, and the spectacle of the world are explored with characteristic aplomb by Foucault.

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