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    DescriptionFoucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Born in 1926 in France, over the course of his life he dabbled in drugs, politics, and the Paris SM scene, all whilst striving to understand the deep concepts of identity, knowledge, and power. From aesthetics to the penal system; from madness and civilisation to avant-garde literature, Foucault was happy to reject old models of thinking and replace them with versions that are still widely debated today. A major influence on Queer Theory and gender studies (he was openly gay and died of an AIDS-related illness in 1984), he also wrote on architecture, history, law, medicine, literature, politics and of course philosophy, and even managed a best-seller in France on a book dedicated to the history of systems of thought. Because of the complexity of his arguments, people trying to come to terms with his work have desperately sought introductory material that makes his theories clear and accessible for the beginner. Ideally suited for the Very Short Introductions series, Gary Gutting presents a comprehensive but non-systematic treatment of some highlights of Foucault's life and thought. Beginning with a brief biography to set the social and political stage, he then tackles Foucault's thoughts on literature, in particular the avant-garde scene; his philosophical and historical work; his treatment of knowledge and power in modern society; and his thoughts on sexuality. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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    Title
    Foucault: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gary Gutting
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 109 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 68 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780192805577
    ISBN 10: 0192805576
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25710
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BIC subject category V2: HPCF
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    DC22: 194
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004020, LIT006000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: QDHR
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    numerous halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    16 June 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Gary Gutting is considered a leading expert on Foucault. Currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Gutting has published several works on Foucault, including French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century (CUP, 2001); Michel Foucault's Archaeology of Scientific Reason (CUP, 1989); and was the editor of he Cambridge Companion to Foucault (CUP, 1994).
    Review quote
    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
    Table of contents
    1. Lives and Works ; 2. Literature ; 3. Politics ; 4. Archaeology ; 5. Genealogy ; 6. The Masked Philosopher ; 7. Madness ; 8. Crime and Punishment ; 9. Modern Sex ; 10. Ancient Sex