The Cambridge Companion to Foucault

The Cambridge Companion to Foucault

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Each volume of this series of companions to major philosophers contains specially commissioned essays by an international team of scholars, together with a substantial bibliography, and will serve as a reference work for students and non-specialists. One aim of the series is to dispel the intimidation such readers often feel when faced with the work of a difficult and challenging thinker. Michel Foucault, one of the most important of contemporary French thinkers, exerted a profound influence on philosophy, history, and social theory. Foucault attempted to reveal the historical contingency of ideas that present themselves as necessary truths. He carried out this project in a series of original and strikingly controversial studies on the origins of modern medical and social scientific disciplines. These studies have raised fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of knowledge and its relation to power structures that have become major topics of discussion throughout the humanities and social sciences.
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Preface; Biographical chronology; Introduction Michel Foucault: a user's manual Gary Gutting; 1. Foucault's mapping of history Thomas Flynn; 2. Foucault and the history of madness Gary Gutting; 3. The death of man, or exhaustion of the cogito? tr. Catherine Porter George Canguilhem; 4. Power/knowledge Joseph Rouse; 5. Ethics as ascetics: Foucault, the history of ethics, and ancient thought Arnold Davidson; 6. The ethics of Michel Foucault James Bernauer and Michael Mahon; 7. What is enlightenment?: Kant and Foucault Christopher Norris; 8. Modern and countermodern: ethos and epoch on Heidegger and Foucault Paul Rabinow; 9. Foucault and Habermas on the subject of reason David Ingram; 10. 'Between Tradition and Oblivion': Foucault, the complications of form, the literature of reason, and the aesthetics of existence Stephen Watson; 11. Foucault, feminism, and questions of identity Jana Sawicki; 12. Foucault, Michel, 1926 tr. Catherine Porter, Maurice Florence.
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