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Daniel Defert

Daniel Defert (2015)
by Claude Truong-Ngoc

Daniel Defert (born September 10, 1937) is a prominent French Michel Foucault. He is an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud.


  • Career 1
  • Life with Foucault 2
  • Notes and references 3
  • External links 4


A professor of sociology, Daniel Defert has been assistant (1969–1970), maître-assistant (1971–1985), then maître de conférence (from 1985) at the Centre Universitaire of Vincennes, which became in 1972 Harvard University (1994–1997), and of the French "Haut Comité de la Santé Publique" (from 1998).

Daniel Defert is author of numerous articles in the domain of ethno-iconography and public health.[1] He has been awarded the decoration of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and received in 1998 the Alexander Onassis prize for the creation of AIDES.

Life with Foucault

Daniel Defert met Foucault while he was a philosophy student at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France and their relationship lasted from 1963 until Foucault's death in 1984. They described their relationship as a "state of passion". It was Foucault's death from AIDS, a disease about which little was known at the time, that led Defert to enter the field of AIDS activism. He also co-edited with François Ewald volume 4 of Dits et Ecrits of Michel Foucault (1994), a posthumous collection of Foucault's thought.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Işıl Baş, Donald Cary Freeman (eds.), Challenging the Boundaries, Rodopi, 2007, p. x.

External links

  • AIDES official website
  • 19 June 2004Libération,"Les Derniers jours" Interview with Daniel Defert in

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