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"[Foucault] must be reckoned with by humanists, social scientists, and political activists."--The New York Times Book Review

 

"[Foucault] has an alert and sensitive mind that can ignore the familiar surfaces of established intellectual codes and ask new questions.... [He] gives dramatic quality to the movement of culture."--The New York Review of Books


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MICHEL FOUCAULT, acknowledged as the preeminent philosopher of France in the 1970s and 1980s, continues to have enormous impact throughout the world in many disciplines.   

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  • Series: Lectures at the Collège de France (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1 Reprint edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312203314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312203313
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,386 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on August 4, 2010
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This collection of lectures delivered at the College de France from 1973-1974 is a remarkable update of Foucault's thinking on psychiatry and its constitutive transformations. There is a substantial revision of the early work in `History of Madness,' which Foucault now feels was a history of representations. At this later stage, the vantage point of his analysis has shifted, and he is no longer interested in representations or institutional analyses, but rather with the morphology of power relations that compose apparatuses of knowledge. This series traces, albeit in a preliminary fashion, the precise transformations from psychiatric power in the early 19th century all the way up to the development of psychoanalysis. There is much that is left wide open for further research here, and Foucault's conclusions remain preliminary gestures towards his larger archaeology of knowledge.
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7 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David P. Keys on October 11, 2007
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This late addition to the Foucault corpus is a further installment in the College de France courses which have surfaced in the enduring craze for all things Foucault. This volume is no disappointment, as it carries within its pages that wit and offbeat genius that we enjoyed in his earlier work on madness, prisons, and the constitution of reality. Anyone who enjoys working out their gray matter or who was fascinated by the better lecturers in college will find this delightful and thought-provoking.
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