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Language, Counter-Memory, Practice Paperback – October 31, 1977

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (October 31, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801409799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801409790
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,801,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the leading intellectuals of the twentieth century and the most prominent thinker in post-war France, Foucault's work influenced disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, philosophy, sociology and literary criticism.

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was a French historian and philosopher associated with the structuralist and poststructuralist movements. He is often considered the most influential social theorist of the second half of the twentieth century, not only in philosophy but in a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Among his most notable books are Madness and Civilization, Discipline and Punish, and The History of Sexuality.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on October 14, 2007
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A remarkable collection of essays and lectures all of which revolve around the subject of language. For Foucault, Discourse represents a context within which power relations exist. The two most noted essays in this collection are 'What is an Author?' and 'Nietzsche, Genealogy, History.'It is in the latter that one can discern the enormous impact that Nietzsche has made on Foucault's archaeological project. He engages in a discussion on the nature of history as it relates to power relations and truth. Foucault writes: "The successes of history belong to those who had used them, to disguise themselves so as to pervert them, invert their meaning, and redirect them against those who had initially imposed them; controlling this complex mechanism, they will make it function so as to overcome the rulers through their own rules" (151).

This is a remarkable collection with lectures and essays ranging from Borges and Holderlin to Deleuze. One can also find his explication of the 'History of Systems of Thought' as a discipline which would dominate his attention in the final years of his life.
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By Leslie A. Grenier on February 11, 2015
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This one of the books I need for my English Writing class I took last semester. Amazon is much cheaper to buy books that the bookstore at the University.
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By Matias on July 12, 2014
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fundamental book for people who seek to understand the ways and manners language determines our identities and actions
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 8, 2015
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Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, and social theorist and activist; he wrote many books, such as Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, The Birth of the Clinic, Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 2: The Use of Pleasure, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 3: The Care of the Self, etc. Openly gay [see the James Miller biography, The Passion of Michel Foucault], he died of AIDS---the first “public figure” in France to die of the virus.

The editor wrote in the Preface to this 1977 collection, “This collection arose out of the desire to come to terms with the already considerable accomplishment of Michel Foucault. I had hoped that an examination of his essays on the writers who have influenced him would resolve the difficulties of his books.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on February 27, 2008
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I like the idea of counter memory consisting of actual events that most people would never think about. Millions of people never read this book.
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