Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Kindle Edition

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`Review from previous edition 'I can think of nobody in the English speaking world better placed to write a VSI on Foucault than Gary Gutting.'' Simon Critchley (Essex University), author of A Very Short Introduction to Continental Philosophy, on the proposal

`'A first-rate introduction to the work of this difficult thinker, which navigates the complexity of his thought with confidence and clarity'' Professor Todd May, Clemson University, South Carolina

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Gary Gutting holds the Notre Dame Chair in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His most recent publications include The Cambridge Companion to Foucault, 2nd Edition (2005), Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (2005) and French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century (2001).

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By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2008
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Gary Gutting's brief survey of the thought of Michel Foucault is not merely one of the best books in Oxford UP's Very Short Introductions series, but one of the clearest, most insightful pieces on Foucault that I've read. I haven't read much Foucault since working my way through most of his books in the late eighties. To prepare for a re-reading of those books I decided to read this book as a refresher/quick overview. Most of the secondary works on Foucault that I read back when where usually borderline impenetrable. Although Foucault is infinitely more lucid than many other French writers -- there is a world of difference between, for instance, Baudrillard and Foucault -- he is unfortunately too prone to linguistic obfuscation. Too many of Foucault's would-be disciples attempt to write in a prose style that is as opaque as anyone on the Left Bank. Gutting is in contrast a model of clarity. He writes insightfully about Foucault while making the analysis no more difficult than it needs to be.

The chapters of the book are constructed around discussions of Foucault's major works. They are thematic to the degree that those books dealt with specific ideas or subjects. In every case Gutting does a marvelous job of establishing the context of these works, how they depart from traditional discussions, how they provided innovative new ways of understanding our world, and what some of the more problematic aspects of the works are. Gutting clearly (and justifiably) believes that Foucault made some very important contributions that enable us to understand how problematic many of our unexamined assumptions about society are, but at the same time refuses to be a blind disciple. There are shortcomings to Foucault's work as well as some misconceptions.
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Written in an easy-read, yet perfectly scholarly manner, Foucault: A Very Short Introduction is a great jumping-off point for the student or interested scholar of literary, cultural, and/or political theory. While brief (as promised) and cursory, it nevertheless goes to the heart of much of Foucault's work as it has influenced that of other modern thinkers. An enjoyable read that will no doubt point in many directions for further study. Contains a good bibliography as well.
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I wish I'd found this little volume before embarking on an attempt to digest Foucault's major works whole - it might have saved considerable frustration. Don't expect a categorical analysis of any of them from Gutting's survey, that's not what this is for. Do expect a more distant perspective from which the forest is no longer obscured by the trees.

Neither is this a Cliff Notes version of Foucault's work - if you haven't taken the trouble to place that within a larger philosophical context the book likely won't be of much use to you. For what it is, however, it succeeds brilliantly within the few pages allotted, and Gutting has performed a minor miracle of concision and clarification. Given the occasional verbosity of Foucault and the more than occasional turbidity of his works, that's worth the purchase price alone.
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The average ratings of books reviewed on Amazon are peculiar, about half the time. In this case, the field has it right: this is a four-star book. I think the author does a fine job encapsulating all the major points of information surrounding Foucault’s corpus, but I don’t think it was nearly as interesting as it could have been. The few brushes I have had with Foucault’s texts and biographical material have been very exciting, but this text, for the most part, was not. I think three of its ten chapters excited me, making it difficult to put down the book. While the author seems to almost assuredly be a Foucault scholar, the presentation was significantly stronger in half, or so, of the chapters, making me think that the scholar specializes more in Foucault’s “Discipline and Punish” and his “archeology” than other texts. Even so, I think this is a good and accurate first glance at a very complicated thinker and his texts. I am not nearly so familiar with this thinker or the mode of thought, and I gleaned much, I feel, by having read “Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction” before reading this. I don’t believe “postmodern” or “postmodernism” were either used once, but I saw some incredible overlaps that helped me understanding where Foucault was coming from. For instance, the denial of a book-writer as a uniquely identifiable individual, an “author, was one of these point of overlap.

I think this book would be good for those wondering whether they would be interested at all in Foucault; but I think it far less helpful for those who know something about Foucault already. If you intend to read Foucault, skip this book. For a quick survey, this is a nice text, especially if you have no intention of getting further into Foucault, biographically or his texts.
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I have read quite a few in the "Very Short" series, some were spectacular; spectacular I'll admit is subjective. For me, something profound was revealed. This was barely the case here, no fault of the author or Foucault, I believe. I just didn't get as much as I guess I thought I might. But, the quest continues, and what I did learn of Foucault drives me to read some of his original texts and see if I can get anything more. In this sense, I think the book served it's main purpose, to introduce, and to invite deeper inquiry.
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