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

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Picador, Apr 1, 2007 - Philosophy - 368 pages
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From 1971 until his death in 1984, Foucault gave public lectures at the world-famous College de France. Attended by thousands, these were seminal events in the world of French letters. Picador is proud to be publishing the lectures in thirteen volumes.
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 "Society Must Be Defended," Foucault shows how and why defining "abnormality" and "normality" were preorogatives of power in the nineteenth century.
The College de France lectures add immeasurably to our appreciation of Foucault's work and offer a unique window into his thinking.

 

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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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