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The History of Sexuality : The Care of the Self

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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".show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 213g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0140137351
  • 9780140137354
  • 41,921

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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.show more

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" 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 Globeshow more

About Michel Foucault

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.show more

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