The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the College de France 1981-1982

The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the College de France 1981-1982


By (author) Michel Foucault, Edited by Frederic Gross, Edited by Francois Ewald, Edited by Alessandro Fontana, Edited by Arnold I Davidson, Translated by Graham Burchell, Introduction by Arnold I Davidson


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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 566 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 28mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 27 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312425708
  • ISBN 13: 9780312425708
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 43,032

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"The Hermeneutics of the Subject" is the third volume in the collection of Michel Foucault's lectures at the College de France, where faculty give public lectures on any topic of their choosing. Attended by thousands, Foucault's lectures were seminal events in the world of French letters, and his ideas expressed there remain benchmarks of contemporary critical inquiry.Foucault's wide-ranging lectures at this school, delivered throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, clearly influenced his groundbreaking books, especially "The History of Sexuality" and "Discipline and Punish." In the lectures comprising this volume, Foucault focuses on how the "self" and the "care of the self" were conceived during the period of antiquity, beginning with Socrates. The problems of the ethical formation of the self, Foucault argues, form the background for our own questions about subjectivity and remain at the center of contemporary moral thought.This series of lectures continues to throw new light on Foucault's final works, and shows the full depth of his engagement with ancient thought. Lucid and provocative, "The Hermeneutics of the Subject" reveals Foucault at the height of his powers."

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Author information

Michel Foucault's works include "Madness and Civilization" and "The History of Sexuality." Series editor Arnold I. Davidson teaches at the University of Chicago. Translator Graham Burchell has written essays on Foucault and was an editor of "The Foucault Effect." He lives in Italy.

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"A contribution to modern thought so enormous that philosophy cannot be approached without reference to his works."--"Library Journal" "[Foucault] must be reckoned with by humanists, social scientists, and political activists." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Foucault is quite central to our sense of where we are. . . . [His work carries] out, in the noblest way, the promiscuous aim of true culture."--"The Nation"