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The Foucault Reader by Michel Foucault, ISBN-13: 978-0394713403

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The Foucault Reader by Michel Foucault, ISBN-13: 978-0394713403

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  • Publisher: ‎ Pantheon (November 12, 1984)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 400 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0394713400
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0394713403

Michel Foucault was one of the most influential philosophical thinkers in the contemporary world, someone whose work has affected the teaching of half a dozen disciplines ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology. But of his many books, not one offers a satisfactory introduction to the entire complex body of his work. The Foucault Reader was commissioned precisely to serve that purpose.

The Reader contains selections from each area of Foucault’s work as well as a wealth of previously unpublished writings, including important material written especially for this volume, the preface to the long-awaited second volume of The History of Sexuality, and interviews with Foucault himself, in the course of which he discussed his philosophy at first hand and with unprecedented candor.

This philosophy comprises an astonishing intellectual enterprise: a minute and ongoing investigation of the nature of power in society. Foucault’s analyses of this power as it manifests itself in society, schools, hospitals, factories, homes, families, and other forms of organized society are brought together in The Foucault Reader to create an overview of this theme and of the broad social and political vision that underlies it.

Table of Contents:

Contributors
Introduction
David Couzens Hoy 1
The Archaeology of Foucault
Foucault and Epistemology
Richard Rorty 41
The Politics of Michel Foucault
Michael Walzer 51
Foucault on Freedom and Truth
Charles Taylor 69
Taking Aim at the Heart of the Present
Jurgen Habermas 103
What Is Maturity? Habermas and Foucault on
‘What Is Enlightenment?’
Hubert L. Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow 109
Power, Repression, Progress: Foucault, Lukes, and the
Frankfurt School
David Couzens Hoy 123
Foucault and the Imagination of Power
Edward W. Said 149
The Politics of Truth and the Problem of Hegemony
Barry Smart
In the Empire of the Gaze: Foucault and the Denigration
of Vision in Twentieth-century French Thought 157
Martin Jay 175
Foucault and the Tyranny of Greece
Mark Poster 205
Archaeology, Genealogy, Ethics
Arnold I. Davidson 221
Self-Improvement
Ian Hacking 235
Index 241

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was acknowledged as the preeminent philosopher of France in the 1970s and 1980s, and continues to have enormous impact throughout the world in many disciplines. His books include The Government of Self and Others, The Courage of Truth, The Birth of Biopolitics, and The Punitive Society.

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