The History of Sexuality, Vol. 2: The Use of Pleasure (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 18, 2012 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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In this sequel to The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction, the brilliantly original French thinker who died in 1984 gives an analysis of how the ancient Greeks perceived sexuality.

Throughout The Uses of Pleasure Foucault analyzes an irresistible array of ancient Greek texts on eroticism as he tries to answer basic questions: How in the West did sexual experience become a moral issue? And why were other appetites of the body, such as hunger, and collective concerns, such as civic duty, not subjected to the numberless rules and regulations and judgments that have defined, if not confined, sexual behavior?
  

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A pretty great introduction. - Goodreads
Meh. This book is VERY thick and difficult to read. - Goodreads
Reading for scholarly writing... - Goodreads
But, holy mother of crap, what an awful writer. - Goodreads
... a great introduction! - Goodreads
it's not "introduction" it's "the will to knowledge"... - Goodreads

Review: The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction (The History of Sexuality #1)

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wow, what a great book. april fool's, fuck you! i'm not going to even get into the arguments put forward (chomsky already did a good job of that), so i'll just say that this is some of the worst writing that i've ever come across. good lord. Read full review

Review: The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction (The History of Sexuality #1)

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Contents

PART ONE The Moral Problematization
33
Regimen in General
99
The Diet of Pleasures
109
Risks and Dangers
117
Act Expenditure Death
125
The Wisdom of Marriage
143
Ischomachus Household
152
Three Policies of Moderation
166
A Problematic Relation
187
A Boys Honor
204
The Object of Pleasure
215
Notes
255
Bibliography
273
Index
281
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Michel Foucault (1926 1984) was a French philosopher, historian, social theorist, and philologist. One of the leading intellectuals of the twentieth century and the most prominent thinker in post-war France, Foucault's work influenced disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, philosophy, sociology, and literary criticism.

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