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Foucault 1st Edition

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'Perhaps one day this century will be known as Deleuzian.' — Michel Foucault

'Certainly the most original and authoritative comment on Foucault to date ... a portrait of Foucault as a truly new kind of thinker, an 'inside' perspective on Foucault's project that will be difficult to surpass.' — Teaching Philosophy --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, Vincennes/Saint Denis. He published 25 books, including five in collaboration with Felix Guattari.

Sean Hand is Professor of French and Head of the School of Languages at Oxford Brookes University. He has published on Derrida, psychoanalysis, and contemporary French writing.

Paul A. Bov? is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press; 1st edition (May 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780816616756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816616756
  • ASIN: 0816616752
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Giovanni Mantilla on January 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
Being a Foucault fanatic who had never read Deleuze, I bought this merely because I wanted to read more about my favorite author and also because I knew how influential and important Deleuze was, not only for Foucault himself but in the field of continental philosophy in the last century.
The further I read, the more fascinating I found Deleuze's analysis of Foucault's works and methods. Although he places his focus on mainly "The Archaeology of Knowledge" and "Discipline and Punish", he makes constant references to Foucault's other important works.
What stands out as completely unique is the utterly and unsurpassably rigorous way in which Deleuze reads Foucault. Deleuze's prose is decidedly difficult, but if you're a Foucault reader who has had some contact with postmodern theories in the past then you'll at least grasp the meaning of his words.
What's more, Deleuze breaks down Foucault's epistemological and methodological theorizing to their barest, making this an extremely important learning experience for those who wish to understand Foucault in-depth.
This book is essential, but I also recommend you read it once you've become fairly familiar with Foucault... and as I said, I had never read Deleuze but that didn't stop me from finding this book to be absolute food for thought. Granted, it needs to be read MANY times to fully appreciate its potential and maybe integrate Deleuze's reflections into any kind of practical research... because I also found it to be enlightening in that respect.
Had Foucault lived to read this book, I'm sure he would have been humbled to tears.
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While it is true that this is not an introduction to the thought of Foucault - Deleuze instead called his book a 'portrait' - on the other hand it is such a masterful grasp of Foucault's philosophy, written in chapters that move progressively from one essential stage of Foucault's thought to another until the bigger picture emerges, that one cannot but wonder whether one has really read Foucault until one encounter's Deleuze's portrait of him. So in that sense, if one means that an introductory book should truly explain the material, then this is without doubt an introduction to the thought of Foucault, and one not likely to be surpassed. This is a short book, around 130 pages. Given the Parisian milieu in which Foucault worked, and for a time was very good friends with Deleuze (Deleuze refers in this book to manuscripts that Foucault never published), this book offers us a highly developed look from the left bank onto the problems that Foucault found himself working through, and it articulates them chapter by chapter: each chapter is devoted to one philosophical problem, and then moves to the next level and onto a different problem in the following chapter, thereby allowing Deleuze to unfold the problems (there are three, under the rubric of Topology) and explicate their relation to Foucault's thought as a whole. It is in this sense that Deleuze's book is a philosophical portrait: he has captured the essentials of the philosophical thought that underlies Foucault's work. The style of the book is predicated on repetition, or seriality, which may madden some; but so long as one understands the book as a progression or unfolding the reader should be able to adjust his or her reading habits accordingly.Read more ›
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By Seth on July 29, 2013
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The greatest danger of this book is that people will read it and not interrogate the text for the numerous differences between Deleuze and Foucault, adopting Deleuze's presentation as what Foucault really meant. This is a mistake. Although titled _Foucault_, this text reveals more about Deleuze.

Deleuze takes many of Foucualt's ideas, applies his own terminology, and then explains Foucault in a manner that those familiar with Foucault will struggle to understand. Basic Foucauldian concepts, such as power, become something very different as the text progresses; the initial characterization of power by Deleuze is correct, but periodically we see Deleuze packing a normative presupposition about power--that it is a negative which we should resist. Foucault explicitly denies such presuppositions.

Regarding the translation, it is okay, but not great. While unpacking some of the more complex passages with a friend who was reading the original french version, we discovered some words are omitted ("like" rather than "acts like"), others translated with a word that is similar but distinct ("realized" rather than "actualized") and some words clearly resulting from a typo in the process of translation ("destiny" rather than "density"). All these examples were taken from pages 36-37 of the text (and there are many others), and alter the meaning of the passage, usually in a minor way, but sometimes significantly.

The only people who should read this text are those who wish to better understand the relationship between french postmoderns. It should not be read by those who seek a better understanding of Foucault, though it may be helpful to those who seek a better understanding of Deleuze and are already familiar enough with Foucault to notice when Deleuze goes rogue.
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