Following Foucault: The Trail of the Fox


Prof. Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service

A Kindle E Book on Amazon – by Howard Richards, Research Professor of Philosophy Earlham College; with Catherine Odora Hoppers, South African Research Chair in Development Education and Evelin Lindner, Founder-President, Dignity and Humiliation Studies; with a Foreword by Magnus Haavelsrud, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


What Reviewers Say:

‘I found this a truly fascinating work: timely, original, dynamic. There is such a huge secondary literature on Foucault; one is almost sceptical about new additions to the corpus. This, however, is certainly worth the read; partly because of the ways it also counters and contradicts many accepted ways of reading Foucault, especially on power.’   

— Desmond Pinter, Stellenbosch University

[This book]  ‘… offers prospective readers the opportunity to assess the respective merits of a poststructuralist, archaeological/genealogical approach (Foucault’s) and that of a neo-pragmatist, hyper-Popperian, problem-solving critical realist (HR), who values the fact that Foucault was sensitive to the need to defend and empower “subjugated knowledges”.’  

— Bert Olivier, University of the Free State

“…It is here that Richards makes his own move. That move is to try to explain rule and law in another way. He takes the core Foucauldian unit of analysis – the “complex strategic situation” – and proceeds to work with it differently. “We should be entitled,” he says, “to assert the existence of facts that are more distorted than depicted when we essay to look at them through the lenses of Foucault’s power perspective. As pragmatists and herd-moralists (‘pragmatists’ because we want solutions that work, ‘herd-moralists’ because we mean here by ‘work’ ‘work for the good of all’) we are entitled to say, further, that we prefer to choose to do more rule-talk and less power-talk because we find that understanding human institutions in terms of the norms that constitute them helps us to solve the principal problems that humanity faces” (Richards, Lecture Fifteen). As opposed to Foucault’s essentialization of a conception of power as animating the world of the everyday, Richards offers the idea of culture and co-operation.”      

— From the Preface by Crain Soudien, CEO Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa


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Prof. Howard Richards is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. He was born in Pasadena, California but since 1966 has lived in Chile when not teaching in other places. Professor of Peace and Global Studies Emeritus, Earlham College, a school in Richmond Indiana affiliated with the Society of Friends (Quakers) known for its peace and social justice commitments. Stanford Law School, MA and PhD in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara, Advanced Certificate in Education-Oxford,  PhD in Educational Planning from University of Toronto. Books:  Dilemmas of Social Democracies with Joanna Swanger, Gandhi and the Future of Economics with Joanna Swanger, The Nurturing of Time Future, Understanding the Global Economy (available as e-books), The Evaluation of Cultural Action (not an e book).  Hacia otras Economias with Raul Gonzalez, free download available at www.repensar.clSolidaridad, Participacion, Transparencia: conversaciones sobre el socialismo en Rosario, Argentina. Available free on the blogspot lahoradelaetica.

Prof. Catherine Odora Hoppers, DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Development Education & PASCAL International Observatory University of South Africa, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. Professor Hoppers is a scholar and policy specialist on International Development, education, North-South questions, disarmament, peace, and human security. She is a UNESCO expert in basic education, lifelong learning, information systems and on Science and Society; an expert in disarmament at the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs; an expert to the World Economic Forum on benefit sharing and value addition protocols; and the World Intellectual Property Organisation on traditional knowledge and community intellectual property rights. In South Africa, Professor Hoppers holds a South African Research Chair in Development Education at the University of South Africa (2008à) a National Chair set up by the Department of Science and Technology and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and was a member of the Academy of Science Special Panel on the Future of Humanities (South Africa).

My name is Evelin Lindner, I am the Founding President of Human  DHS and a Co-founder of our World Dignity University initiative. I am also a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. You see my background at and my books, chapters, and articles on I design my life as a global citizen to develop Human DHS truly globally. In my writing, I attempt to draw together the core aspects of academic inquiry in various fields and reconstruct them from the perspective of dignity and humiliation. As for my books, so far, I have done so with war, genocide, and terrorism (2000, 2017), international conflict (2006 and 2009), gender and security (2010), and economics (2012).

Prof. Magnus Haavelsrud, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. Degrees: Cand.polit. University of Oslo, Ph.D. University of Washington 1970. Visiting scholar for half year periods at School of Education, Stanford University (1998), Educational Foundations, University of Hawaii (1996), Department of Policy Studies, Institute of Education, University of London (1993) and Institute for Educational Planning, UNESCO, Paris (1983). Fellow of the Deutscher Akademische Austauschdienst and Visiting researcher, UNESCO Institute of Education, Hamburg – 3 months, 1996  email:

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