The History of Sexuality: The Care of the SelfPaperback
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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 17mm | 214g
- Publication date: 1 January 2006
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140137351
- ISBN 13: 9780140137354
- Edition: 3, Revised
- Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
- Sales rank: 37,596
This is the third volume of Foucault's "History of Sexuality". A sociologist and historian of ideas, Foucault's other works include "Madness and Civilization", "The Archaeology of Knowledge", "The Birth of the Clinic" and "Discipline and Punish".
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One of the leading intellectuals of the twentieth century and the most prominent thinker in post-war France, Foucault's work influenced disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, philosophy, sociology and literary criticism.
" The Care of the Self shares with the writings on which it draws the characteristic of being carefully constructed, exquisitely reasoned and internally cogent." -- The New York Times Book Review " Foucault is a thinker from whose writing one can infer lessons for our modern lives and dilemmas." -- Boston Globe
The Care of the Self is the third and possibly final volume of Michel Foucault's widely acclaimed examination of "the experience of sexuality in Western society." Foucault takes us into the first two centuries of our own era, into the Golden Age of Rome, to reveal a subtle but decisive break from the classical Greek vision of sexual pleasure. He skillfully explores the whole corpus of moral reflection among philosophers (Plutarch, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca) and physicians of the era, and uncovers an increasing mistrust of pleasure and growing anxiety over sexual activity and its consequences.