The Foucault Reader
Michel Foucault was one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world, someone whose work has affected the teaching of half a dozen disciplines ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology. But of his many books, not one offers a satisfactory introduction to the entire complex body of his work. The Foucault Reader was commissioned precisely to serve that purpose.
The Reader contains selections from each area of Foucault's work as well as a wealth of previously unpublished writings, including important material written especially for this volume, the preface to the long-awaited second volume of The History of Sexuality, and interviews with Foucault himself, in the course of which he discussed his philosophy at first hand and with unprecedented candor.
This philosophy comprises an astonishing intellectual enterprise: a minute and ongoing investigation of the nature of power in society. Foucault's analyses of this power as it manifests itself in society, schools, hospitals, factories, homes, families, and other forms of organized society are brought together in The Foucault Reader to create an overview of this theme and of the broad social and political vision that underlies it.
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Review: The Foucault ReaderUser Review - Jason - Goodreads
This book was written way to complicated for me. There was a part in the book where Foucault was quoted as saying he felt he needed to write a book that someone could walk away having learned ... Read full review
Review: The Foucault ReaderUser Review - Michael Dorais - Goodreads
I rated this as "OK". I am glad to have read it because I hear Foucault referred to so often. This was a difficult read. Granted, what Foucault tries to do is very difficult to express, because what ... Read full review
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DISCIPLINES AND SCIENCES OF THE INDIVIDUAL
Right of Death and Power over Life
The Politics of Health in the Eighteenth Century
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