Stuart Elden

Stuart Elden
The University of Warwick · Department of Politics & International Studies

BSc, PhD, DLitt

About

148
Publications
124,697
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
5,326
Citations
Introduction
Stuart Elden currently works at the Department of Politics & International Studies , The University of Warwick. He does research in Political Geography, Political Theory and Social and Political Philosophy. His current project is on Foucault, completing the fourth and final volume of an intellectual history of his entire career. He is also one of the main English-language editors of Henri Lefebvre's writings, and retains an interest in the concept and practice of territory.
Additional affiliations
September 2002 - August 2013
Durham University
Position
  • Professor (Full)

Publications

Publications (148)
Chapter
This chapter analyses the material in which Heidegger works out the implications of the tensions in his thinking of political community. Beginning with a reading of Heidegger's work on truth, it shows how he moved to an understanding of politics as polemos, as struggle, Kampf, and as war, Krieg, orientating himself and the German Volk in terms of a...
Article
Full-text available
This paper examines the use of the term ‘territorial integrity’, a term with two interlinked and usually compatible meanings. The first is that states should not seek to promote border changes or secessionist movements within other states, or attempt to seize territory by force. The second meaning is the standard idea that within its own borders, w...
Article
Full-text available
In this paper I provide a reading of Heidegger’s Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis) [the contributions to philosophy (of propriation)] as a contribution to geography. This collection of manuscripts, written between 1936 and 1938, is extremely important in terms of the development of Heidegger’s work, his political career, and his rethinking of...
Article
Full-text available
This paper offers a contribution to debates around the reconfiguration of political space in the project of European integration. Its specific focus is the Draft Constitution of the European Union, and its problematic understanding of territory. It claims that there is a profound ambiguity between senses of territory in the Draft Constitution, whic...
Article
Full-text available
This second issue of Foucault Studies builds upon the success of the first, offering a range of perspectives on Foucault's work, his relation to the tradition, contemporaries such as Derrida, and the way in which his thought is being appropriated in the contemporary period, for example by Giorgio Agamben. The bulk of the issue comprises two sets of...
Article
Full-text available
Article
Full-text available
This article provides a critique of a dominant strand of the literature on globalization – that which suggests it can be understood as deterritorialization. It argues that suggestions that we have moved away from territorial understandings of politics fail to conceptually elaborate the notion of territory itself. Drawing parallels between mathemati...
Article
Full-text available
Utilising recently published lecture courses, some materials archived in Paris and the full range of the writings published in Foucault’s life, this article traces the history of Foucault’s last major project, the History of Sexuality. The guiding theme is the notion of confession, which was to be the subject of the second volume of the original ab...
Article
Full-text available
Philosophy and Rhetoric 38.4 (2005) 281-301 Between late 1921 and the composition of Being and Time, Heidegger devoted an enormous amount of time to Aristotle, in a number of lecture courses, supplementary seminars, and a manuscript that was to serve as an introduction to a book on him. As Heidegger notes in a 1924 lecture course, Aristotle deserve...
Article
Full-text available
This article argues that the work of Martin Heidegger is extremely important in understanding Henri Lefebvre's intellectual project. It suggests that Lefebvre's trio of influential thinkers—Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche—are partnered by Heidegger. But this is Heidegger read in a particular way, and subjected to a Marxist critique—turned back on his fee...
Article
Full-text available
Article
Full-text available
Some are Born Posthumously: The Survival of Henri Lefebvre. This article discusses the French reception of Lefebvre since his death in 1991. It initially discusses two books that he had worked on shortly before, but which appeared post-humously. The main focus of the piece is the programme of reeditions of Lefebvre’s writings that have appeared ove...
Article
Full-text available
Numbers and politics are inter-related at almost every level -- be it the abstract geometry of understandings of territory, the explosion of population statistics and measures of economic standards, the popularity of Utilitarianism, Rawlsian notions of justice, the notion of value, or simply the very idea of political science. Time and space are re...
Article
Full-text available
Article
The following text is taken from the publisher's website: "Henri Lefebvre has been celebrated as one of the most influential social theorists of the twentieth century. Understanding Henri Lefebvre places Lefebvre in his historical and intellectual context and analyzes the extraordinary range of his work, across politics, philosophy, history, litera...
Article
The following text is taken from the publisher's website: "In a late interview, Foucault, suggested that Heidegger was for him the "essential philosopher." Taking this claim seriously, Mapping the Present assesses the relationship between these two thinkers, particularly on the issue of space and history. It suggests that space and history need to...
Article
Full-text available
This article provides a political reading of Martin Heidegger's Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis). One of the central themes of the Beiträge is crucial to understanding why Heidegger moved into a position of critical distance from the Nazi regime, because it is an attempt to comprehend what lies behind the events of the time. This is the noti...
Article
Full-text available
‘The Place of Geometry’ discusses the excursus on mathematics from Heidegger's 1924–25 lecture course on Platonic dialogues, which has been published as Volume 19 of the Gesamtausgabe as Plato's Sophist, as a starting point for an examination of geometry in Euclid, Aristotle and Descartes. One of the crucial points Heidegger makes is that in Aristo...
Article
Full-text available
This article resituates the Panopticon in Foucault’s work, showing how it emerged from research on social medicine in the early to mid 1970s, and relating it to discussions of the plague and the police. The key sources are lectures and seminars from this period, only partly translated in English. What is of interest here is how Foucault’s concerns...
Article
Full-text available
boundary 2 29.1 (2002) 125-151 What is meant by the word constitution? If we take the standard phrase "the constitution of the United States of America," at a most obvious and literal level, it refers to the document which begins "We the people of the United States . . ." and is signed by George Washington and others. It, of course, also means the...
Article
Full-text available
boundary 2 28.1 (2001) 91-105 “No posthumous publications.” In the letter written a year before his death, which has been legally interpreted as his will, Michel Foucault made his views on this subject clear. As a result, the fourth volume of the History of Sexuality series, Les Aveux de la chair [The confession of the flesh], which Foucault was wo...
Article
Full-text available
Heidegger's thought has, in recent years, been relentlessly examined for glimpses of the political. This paper approaches that debate by looking at one of themes of Heidegger's lectures during the Nazi years: one which explicitly questions the notion of the political itself. This questioning, through a rethinking of the Greek word πóλις [polis], is...
Article
Full-text available
Heidegger's thought has, in recent years, been relentlessly examined for glimpses of the political. This paper approaches that debate by looking at one of themes of Heidegger's lectures during the Nazi years: one which explicitly questions the notion of the political itself. This questioning, through a rethinking of the Greek word πóλις [polis], is...
Article
Full-text available
A l'occasion de la recente traduction anglaise du cours de Heidegger sur «L'Ister» de Holderlin (1996), l'A. etudie le developpement de la pensee de Heidegger a travers sa lecture des hymnes «La Germanie» et «Le Rhin» du poete romantique, qui constituent autant d'etapes dans la philosophie heideggerienne tardive. Soulevant la problematique de l'esp...
Article
Full-text available
Zusammenfassung. Der Aufsatz ist Teil eines umfangrei-chen Projekts zur Geschichte des Begriffs Territorium. Der ersten Teil argumentiert, dass Territorium zwar im Zusam-menhang zu ‚Grundbesitz' und ‚Terrain' begriffen werden muss, sich jedoch nicht auf solche polit-ökonomischen und strategischen Verhältnisse reduzieren lässt. Der Begriff Ter-ritor...
Article
Introduction to the new online open access peer reveiwed interantional journal:Foucault Studies

Network

Cited By

Projects

Projects (3)
Project
Once the Foucault work is complete, the next major project will be a study of Indo-European thought in twentieth-century France. The work will look at both French and émigré scholars, including Georges Dumézil, Emile Benveniste, Mircea Eliade and Julia Kristeva. A page on my blog gives some more detail - https://progressivegeographies.com/future-projects/indo-european-thought-in-twentieth-century-france/ The project will be funded by a Leverhulme major research fellowship from 2022-2025.
Project
I have recently completed the fourth and final volume of the intellectual history of Foucault's entire career. The Archaeology of Foucault will be published in December 2022 by Polity - https://www.politybooks.com/bookdetail?book_slug=the-archaeology-of-foucault--9781509545346 The Early Foucault (Polity 2021) looks at his work from the 1940s until History of Madness in 1961; this volume at his work in the 1960s. The previously published Foucault: the Birth of Power (Polity 2017) explores his political activism, lectures and writing of the first half of the 1970s, and Foucault's Last Decade (Polity 2016) at the various detours of the History of Sexuality project and related work. More details on all this work can be found at https://progressivegeographies.com/foucault-books/
Project
A study of Foucault's work in the 1950s, and the path leading up to his 1961 book The History of Madness.