Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1974-1975

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Macmillan, Dec 1, 2003 - Philosophy - 374 pages
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The second volume in an unprecedented publishing event: the complete Collège de France lectures of one of the most influential thinkers of the last century

Michel Foucault remains among the towering intellectual figures of postmodern philosophy. His works on sexuality, madness, the prison, and medicine are classics; his example continues to challenge and inspire. From 1971 until his death in 1984, Foucault gave public lectures at the world-famous Collège de France. These lectures were seminal events. Attended by thousands, they created benchmarks for contemporary critical inquiry.

The lectures comprising Abnormal begin by examining the role of psychiatry in modern criminal justice, and its method of categorizing individuals who "resemble their crime before they commit it." Building on the themes of societal self-defense in the first volume of this series, Foucault shows how and why defining "abnormality" and "normality" were prerogatives of power in the nineteenth century, shaping the institutions--from the prison system to the family--meant to deal in particular with “monstrosity,” whether sexual, phsyical, or spiritual.

The Collège de France lectures add immeasurably to our appreciation of Foucault's thought, and offer a unique window on his singular worldview.
 

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Contents

JANUARY 1975
1
JANUARY 1975
31
JANUARY 1975
55
January 1975
81
February 1975
109
February 1975
137
FEBRUARY 1975
167
February 1975
201
MARCH 1975
231
MARCH 1975
263
MARCH 1975
291
Course Summary
323
Index of Notions and Concepts
357
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The works of Michel Foucault include Madness and Civilization, The History of Sexuality, and Discipline and Punish.

Series editor Arnold I. Davidson teaches at the University of Chicago, and is executive editor of the journal Critical Inquiry.

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