The Foucault Reader

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Penguin Books, 1991 - History - 390 pages
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It has been the particular achievement of Michel Foucault to show how seemingly neutral descriptive terms used by doctors and judges, teachers and sexologists, are in fact weapons in the never-ending conflict between desire and power. For as soon as an action is declared 'unnatural' or 'sick', it becomes legitimate to use force on 'deviants', or even imprison them, in order to try and make them 'normal'. We need to unmask terms like 'justice' and 'labour' and even 'human nature'. The 'Foucault reader' is anl introduction to one of the century's most stimulating and influential thinkers and contains lengthy excerpts from all his detailed historical studies as well as much new material and several very revealing interviews.

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A lovely introduction to Foucault's work. - Goodreads
A really nice overview of Foucault's method. - Goodreads
This is a good overview of Foucault's works. - Goodreads
The Rabinow intro is also fun. - Goodreads
... as well as a good introduction by - Goodreads
There is no humanity in Foucault's writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Haythem Bastawy - Goodreads

I have not read Foucault before and The Foucault Reader has been an excellent introduction for me to the writings of the renowned philosopher. It contains large excerpts and chapters from many of his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jacob - Goodreads

A really nice overview of Foucault's method. The book is structured in order to give an overview of Foucault's project and how they fit into his method of genealogical study. Read full review

About the author (1991)

Michel Foucault was one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world. Social scientist and historian of ideas, Foucault was Profesor of History of Systems of Thought at the Collège de France. He wrote frequently for French newspapers and reviews, and edited Critique. Among his many publications are Madness and Civilisation (1961); The Archaeology of Knowledge (1972); The Birth of the Clinic (1973); Discipline and Punish (1975); and three volumes of The History of Sexuality: Volume One, The Will To Knowledge (1976); Volume Two: The Use of Pleasure (1984); and Volume Three: The Care of the Self (1984). Many of his books are published by Penguin. Ethics and Aesthetics, the first and second parts of a three volume Essential Works of Michael Foucault, were recently published by Penguin. Power, part three, was recently published by Allen Lane. Professor Foucault died in 1994.

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