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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; 1 edition (September 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565847091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565847095
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A rare opportunity to see how a great and original mind produces its work as well as itself at the same time. . . . Leaves no reader untouched or unchanged." —Edward Said, The New York Times Book Review

"Ignore those who dismiss [Foucault] without having bothered to read him: You must change your life." —Talk

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Michel Foucault (1926–1984) was one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. He held a chair in the history of systems of thought at the Collège de France and lectured at universities throughout the world. The New Press has published his books Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology; Ethics; Power; The Essential Foucault; and The Chomsky-Foucault Debate (with Noam Chomsky). Foucault’s other books include Madness and Civilization, Discipline and Punish, The Order of Things, and The History of Sexuality.

James D. Faubion is a professor of anthropology at Rice University. He is the author of The Shadows and Lights of Waco and Modern Greek Lessons and the editor of Michel Foucault’s Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology and Power, both available from The New Press.

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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mease on March 14, 2011
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I suppose this work wins big for the simple volume of material presented. The large collection of essays, lectures and interviews really digs into every little corner of Foucault's thought on power, including its slow development toward ethics. The collection also contains more than a hundred pages on Foucault's political activities. Again, the introduction is lengthy, thorough and very great at summarizing a complex system of thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jujubee on May 10, 2014
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Read the first essay (actually a lecture given in Brazil) "Truth and Juridical Forms" and compare his thesis with the developing NSA omnipresent "surveillance". The snickering anglo-phile philosophers that so belittled Foucault must be shaken up a bit.
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Well written, talk about rationalizing and avoiding calling a spade a spade
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0 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Austin Hannigan on July 14, 2013
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I is loves book. it got greeeen cover n other stuffs? When I buys this it is best book i
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0 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on April 11, 2012
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It was possible for some people to tell dirty jokes when I was growing up, but the upper crust of ethical mentalities wanted to hide the women and children when ideas which would not be productive for loving relationships were revealed when some innocent mind tried to understand what a joke like:

LBJ! Pull out like your father should have!

was expressing on an emotional level as jokes became part of protests against American policy in Vietnam. Deep in this book, on considerations of subjectivity, there is a topic question:

What constitutes the specificity of power relations?

In a society in which officials react to secret circus stunt events, security is part of an instinct that tries to avoid panic. What happens "is not by nature the manifestation of consensus." Escalation to show resolve by calling on something called national honor is a perverse way to "seek the character proper to power relations in the violence that must have been its primitive form, its permanent secret, and last resort, that which in the final analysis appears as its real nature when it is forced to throw aside its mask and to show itself as it really is" when guys get sent to Vietnam and women and children think something strange is going on if anyone talks about it. Thank God for sex, so bisexuality can welcome out some other perverse incentive.
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