The appeal of that has been much revived in the past year. Bernard-Henri Lévy’s quickie, The Virus in the Age of Madness, began with the chapter Come Back, Michel Foucault, We Need You. The extraordinary pertinence of Foucault’s description of the quarantining of a plague-stricken town in the 17th century in Discipline and Punish has not escaped any of his readers. Dozens of academic papers have already appeared darkly observing the latest manifestations of “biopower”and “biopolitics”, his terms for the state taking charge of entire populations at the level of our very bodies and lives. The Foucault-influenced Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has even proclaimed the virus to be invented, an excuse for “techno-medical despotism”. The virus, though, does not read Michel Foucault.