Use of Pleasure

Use of Pleasure

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The author turns his attention to sex and the reasons why we are driven constantly to analyze and discuss it. An iconoclastic explanation of modern sexual history.

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Vintage Books
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0394751221
  • 9780394751221
  • 40,579

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"Required reading for those who cling to stereotyped ideas about our difference from the Greeks in terms of pagan license versus Christian austerity or their hedonism versus our anxiety." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

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In this sequel to The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction, the brilliantly original French thinker who died in 1984 gives an analysis of how the ancient Greeks perceived sexuality. Throughout The Uses of Pleasure Foucault analyzes an irresistible array of ancient Greek texts on eroticism as he tries to answer basic questions: How in the West did sexual experience become a moral issue? And why were other appetites of the body, such as hunger, and collective concerns, such as civic duty, not subjected to the numberless rules and regulations and judgments that have defined, if not confined, sexual behavior?

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