Foucault 2.0: Beyond Power and Knowledge

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Other Press, Apr 17, 2006 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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A dramatically new interpretation of the development of the thought of Michel Foucault, one of the 20th century's most influential thinkers.

In this lucid and groundbreaking work, Eric Paras reveals that our understanding of the philosophy of Michel Foucault must be radically revised. Foucault's critical axes of power and knowledge -which purposefully eradicated the concept of free will- reappear as targets in his later work. Paras demonstrates the logic that led Foucault to move from a microphysics of power to an aesthetics of individual experience. He is the first to show a transformation that not only placed Foucault in opposition to the archaeological and genealogical positions for which he is renowned, but aligned him with some of his fiercest antagonists.

Foucault 2.0draws on the full range of the philosopher's writing and of the work of contemporaries who influenced, and sometimes vehemently opposed, his ideas. To fill the gaps in Foucault's published writings that have so far limited our conception of the arc of his thought, Paras analyzes the largely untapped trove of lectures Foucault delivered to teeming Paris audiences as Professor of the College de France for more than a decade. At the same time,Foucault 2.0highlights the background against which Foucault carried out his most foundational work: the unrest of 1968, the prison reform movement of the early 1970s, and the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Carefully assembling the fragments of a thinker who remains but half-understood, Eric Paras has composed a seminal book, essential reading for novices and initiates alike.

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Paras' book makes use of Foucault's lecture courses in order to show that the later Foucault posits a free subject and rejects his earlier views on power, the book largely ignores material from the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kurt - Goodreads

Lucidly explains the history of Foucault's thinking. Definitely an engaging text for those already familiar with the primary source and it provides a compelling argument about Foucault and his final thoughts on ethics. Read full review

Contents

Surface Effects Foucault Sartre
19
the Genealogical Turn
46
Planetary Forces Foucault Iran
75
Copyright

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Eric Paras

Eric Paras received his doctorate in the history of European thought at Harvard University and is an affiliate of Harvardé─˘s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He lives in McLean, Virginia.

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