The Foucault Reader

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Penguin, 1984 - History - 390 pages
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It has been the particular achievement of Michel Foucault to show how seemingly neutral descriptive terms used by doctors and judges, teachers and sexologists, are in fact weapons in the never-ending conflict between desire and power. For as soon as an action is declared 'unnatural' or 'sick', it becomes legitimate to use force on 'deviants', or even imprison them, in order to try and make them 'normal'. We need to unmask terms like 'justice' and 'labour' and even 'human nature'. The 'Foucault reader' is anl introduction to one of the century's most stimulating and influential thinkers and contains lengthy excerpts from all his detailed historical studies as well as much new material and several very revealing interviews.

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User Review  - Haythem Bastawy - Goodreads

I have not read Foucault before and The Foucault Reader has been an excellent introduction for me to the writings of the renowned philosopher. It contains large excerpts and chapters from many of his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Neil Turner - Goodreads

I think perhaps Rabinow and Prado (and a few others) have the best comprehension of Foucault's work. Read full review

About the author (1984)

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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