It has taken over 40 years, but a complete video copy of the debate between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault has at last appeared online.

The debate took place in the Netherlands in 1971 and has been uploaded in parts over the years.

The video is a complete 1 hour 11 minutes video recording of the original television program titled “Menselijke Natuur En Ideale Maatschappij” (“Human Nature and Ideal Society”).

It took place in November 1971 at the Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Nederlands, as part of the “International Philosophers Project” initiated by the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation:

A short 12 mins video excerpt of this debate had already been uploaded to YouTube a couple of years ago (it may have originated from the DVD edition of Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media).

This excerpt was reproduced by many users, sometimes cut in smaller parts (likely because of prior upload limits imposed by YouTube), and subtitled in a wide variety of language (this video excerpt was also parodied: see“Chomsky-Foucault Debate in 5 seconds”).

An animated version of the complete debate based on the transcript and using synthetic voice is also available. However, up until yesterday, the complete video recording was missing.

Here is the video in its entirety: