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Ethics: Subjectivity and Truth (Essential Works of Foucault, 1954-1984, Vol. 1) Paperback – May 15, 1998
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This volume is divided into two sections: the first is the complete collection of Foucault's resumes from the courses he conducted at the College de France; and the second part consists of numerous interviews and essays that have been gathered around the theme of ethics. The resumes are the official submissions by Foucault to the College, meaning that they weren't meant for publication but rather for administrative reasons. As summaries of a year's worth of teachings, covering 1970 to 1984, they only provide crude chunks of what may have proceeded in these courses and public lectures. Thus, they are rather innocuous, and useless for most scholars. The second part is equally erratic as the theme of ethics just doesn't hold up: for example, what does the piece "The Masked Philosopher" have to do with Foucault's study of Greek and Christian ethics?
The 2nd volume of this series, on aesthetics, methhod and epistemology, is a far superior collection of Foucault goodies.
The best selections from this volume is a good summary of Foucault's last two projects: on Greek and Roman sexual practices. Even the introduction by Paul Rabinow is a minor disappointment.
And I gotta say this: the cover layout is atrocious. And why couldn't they just find another photo of Foucault for the back cover, instead of merely reversing the image? Which makes me wonder: which is the original?
[NOTE: page numbers below refer to the 334-page hardcover edition.Read more ›
The “Series Preface” explains, “Though he intended his books to be the core of his intellectual production, he is also well known for having made strategic use of a number of genres---the book and the article to be sure, but also the lecture and the interview… In this light, our aim in this series is to assemble a compelling and representative collection of Foucault’s written and spoken words outside those included in his books.Read more ›
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I will never understand why on the earth a book seller attaches three big, colorful, ugly stickers to a book cover. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alberto Bruzos
I enjoyed the essays and interviews. This collection helps to contextualize a great mind and philosopher. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by SRS
Foucault is one of the greatest writers of his time. No matter what book I have read of his, I have always been enlightened.Published on May 3, 2012 by Arachne