Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology

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The New Press, 1998 - Aesthetics - 486 pages
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The definitive edition of Foucault's articles, interviews, and seminars. Few philosophers have had as strong an influence on the twentieth century as Michel Foucault. His work has affected the teaching of any number of disciplines and remains, twenty years after his death, critically important. This newly available edition is drawn from the complete collection of all of Foucault's courses, articles, and interviews, and brings his most important work to a new generation of readers. Aesthetics, Method and Epistemology (edited by James D. Faubion) surveys Foucault's diverse but sustained address of the historical forms and interplay of passion, experience, and truth.
 

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Review: Essential Works of Foucault, Vol 1: Ethics (Essential Works of Foucault (1954-1984) #1)

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Contents

Introduction to Rousseaus Dialogues
33
So Cruel a Knowledge
53
A Preface to Transgression
69
Language to Infinity
89
The Prose of Actaeon
123
Behind the Fable
137
The Thought of the Outside
147
A Swimmer Between Two Words
171
The Gray Mornings of Tolerance
229
Philosophy and Psychology
249
The Order of Things
261
Nietzsche Freud Marx
269
On the Ways of Writing History
279
Madness and Society
335
My Body This Paper This Fire
393
Return to History
419

What Is an Author?
205
Sade Sergeant of
223
Structuralism and Poststructuralism
435
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Michel Foucault was born on October 15, 1926, in Poitiers, France, and was educated at the Sorbonne, in Paris. He taught at colleges all across Europe, including the Universities of Lill, Uppsala, Hamburg, and Warsaw, before returning to France. There he taught at the University of Paris and the College of France, where he served as the chairman of History of Systems of Thought until his death. Regarded as one of the great French thinkers of the twentieth century, Foucault's interest was in the human sciences, areas such as psychiatry, language, literature, and intellectual history. He made significant contributions not just to the fields themselves, but to the way these areas are studied, and is particularly known for his work on the development of twentieth-century attitudes toward knowledge, sexuality, illness, and madness. Foucault's initial study of these subjects used an archaeological method, which involved sifting through seemingly unrelated scholarly minutia of a certain time period in order to reconstruct, analyze, and classify the age according to the types of knowledge that were possible during that time. This approach was used in Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, for which Foucault received a medal from France's Center of Scientific Research in 1961, The Birth of the Clinic, The Order of Things, and The Archaeology of Knowledge. Foucault also wrote Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Prison, a study of the ways that society's views of crime and punishment have developed, and The History of Sexuality, which was intended to be a six-volume series. Before he could begin the final two volumes, however, Foucault died of a neurological disorder in 1984.

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