Essential Foucault

ISBN-10: 1565848012

ISBN-13: 9781565848016

Edition: 2003

Authors: Michel Foucault, Paul Rabinow, Nikolas S. Rose

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 8/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

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.

Life: Experience and Science
Polemics, Politics, and Problematizations: An Interview with Michel Foucault
The Ethics of the Concern of the Self as a Practice of Freedom
What Is Enlightenment?
Preface to The History of Sexuality, Volume Two
Confronting Governments: Human Rights
The Risks of Security
Structuralism and Post-Structuralism
On the Genealogy of Ethics: An Overview of Work in Progress
The Subject and Power
Technologies of the Self
So Is It Important to Think?
The Masked Philosopher
"Omnes et Singulatim": Toward a Critique of Political Reason
The Birth of Biopolitics
About the Concept of the "Dangerous Individual" in Nineteenth-Century Legal Psychiatry
Questions of Method
Security, Territory, and Population
What Is Critique?
Lives of Infamous Men
Society Must Be Defended
Truth and Power
The Birth of Social Medicine
The Politics of Health in the Eighteenth Century
Nietzsche, Genealogy, History
Madness and Society
What Is an Author?
On the Archaeology of the Sciences: Response to the Epistemology Circle
The Thought of the Outside
A Preface to Transgression
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