After Michel Foucault's death from AIDS on June 25, 1984, Deleuze decided to devote an entire year of his seminar to a study of Foucault's writings. Deleuze analyses in detail what he took to be the three "axes" of Foucault's thought: knowledge, power, and subjectivation. Parts of the seminar contributed to the publication of Deleuze's book Foucault (Paris: Minuit, 1986), which subsequently appeared in an English translation by Seán Hand (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1988).
For archival purposes, the English translations are based on the original transcripts from Paris 8, all of which have been revised with reference to the BNF recordings available thanks to Hidenobu Suzuki, and with the generous assistance of Marc Haas.
This seminar consists of 26 sessions held from October 1985 to June 1986.