Society Must Be Defended

Society Must Be Defended : Lectures at the Collaege De France, 1975-76

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An examination of the relation between war and politics, by one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkersFrom 1971 until 1984 at the College de France, Michel Foucault gave a series of lectures ranging freely and conversationally over the range of his research. In "Society Must Be Defended," Foucault deals with the emergence in the early seventeenth century of a new understanding of war as the permanent basis of all institutions of power, a hidden presence within society that could be deciphered by an historical analysis. Tracing this development, Foucault outlines the genealogy of power and knowledge that had become his dominant concern."show more

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  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312422660
  • 9780312422660
  • 92,543

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"[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. . . [He] is carrying out, in the noblest way, the promiscuous aim of true culture." --"The Nation" "[Foucault] has an alert and sensitive mind which can ignore the familiar surfaces of established intellectual codes and ask new questions. . ..[He] gives dramatic quality to the movement of culture." --"The New York Review of Books"show more

About David Macey

Michel Foucault, acknowledged as the preeminent philosopher of France in the '70s and '80s, had enormous impact throughout the world in many disciplines. David Macey has translated twenty books from the French and is the author of "The Lives of Michel Foucault "and" Frantz Fanon" (Picador). He lives in Leeds, more

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