The History of Sexuality, Vol. 2: The Use of Pleasure

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 18, 2012 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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In this sequel to The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction, the brilliantly original French thinker who died in 1984 gives an analysis of how the ancient Greeks perceived sexuality.

Throughout The Uses of Pleasure Foucault analyzes an irresistible array of ancient Greek texts on eroticism as he tries to answer basic questions: How in the West did sexual experience become a moral issue? And why were other appetites of the body, such as hunger, and collective concerns, such as civic duty, not subjected to the numberless rules and regulations and judgments that have defined, if not confined, sexual behavior?
 

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Shortly before his sudden death in 1984, Foucault completed the ambitious four-volume study which traces the genesis of the modern "desiring subject.'' Its second volume focuses on the "experience of ... Read full review

Contents

The Moral Problematization
33
Chrésis
53
Enkrateia
63
Freedom and Truth
78
Regimen in General
99
The Diet of Pleasures
109
Risks and Dangers
117
Act Expenditure Death
125
Ischomachus Household
152
Three Policies of Moderation
166
A Problematic Relation
187
A Boys Honor
204
The Object of Pleasure
215
Notes
255
Bibliography
273
Index
281

The Wisdom of Marriage
143

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Michel Foucault was born in Poitiers, France, in 1926. He lecturerd in universities throughout the world; served as director at the Institut Francais in Hamburg, Germany and at the Institut de Philosophi at the Faculte des Lettres in the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France; and wrote frequently for French newspapers and reviews. At the time of his death in 1984, he held a chair at France's most prestigious institutions, the College de France.

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