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

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Macmillan, 2004 - Philosophy - 374 pages
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 College 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, physical, or spiritual. The College 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

Foreword
xi
Introduction
xvii
8 JANUARY 1975
1
15 JANUARY 1975
31
22 JANUARY 1975
55
29 JANUARY 1975
81
5 FEBRUARY 1975
109
12 FEBRUARY 1975
137
26 FEBRUARY 1975
201
5 MARCH 1975
231
12 MARCH 1975
263
19 MARCH 1975
291
Course Summary
323
Course Context
331
Index of Notions and Concepts
357
Index of Names
369

19 FEBRUARY 1975
167

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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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