Foucault Reader by Michel
Foucault, Paul Rabinow (Editor).
Michel Foucault was one of the most
influential thinkers in the contemporary world, someone whose
work has affected the teaching of half a dozen disciplines
ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology.
But of his many books, not one offers a satisfactory
introduction to the entire complex body of his work. The
Foucault Reader was commissioned precisely to serve that
The Reader contains selections from each area
of Foucault's work as well as a wealth of previously unpublished
writings, including important material written especially for
this volume, the preface to the long-awaited second volume of
The History of Sexuality, and interviews with Foucault himself,
in the course of which he discussed his philosophy at first hand
and with unprecedented candor.
This philosophy comprises an astonishing
intellectual enterprise: a minute and ongoing investigation of
the nature of power in society. Foucault's analyses of this
power as it manifests itself in society, schools, hospitals,
factories, homes, families, and other forms of organized society
are brought together in The Foucault Reader to create an
overview of this theme and of the broad social and political
vision that underlies it.
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Discourse and truth: the problematization of parrhesia.
(six lectures given at the University of California at Berkeley, Oct-Nov.
1983) Ed. by Joseph Pearson in 1985 :
"The text was compiled from tape-recordings made of
six lectures delivered, in English, by Michel Foucault at the University
of California at Berkeley in the Fall Term of 1983. The lectures were
given as part of Foucault's seminar, entitled "Discourse and
Truth". Since Foucault did not write, correct, or edit any part of
the text which follows, it lacks his imprimatur and does not present his
own lecture notes. What is given here constitutes only the notes of one of
his auditors. Although the present text is primarily a verbatim
transcription of the lectures, repetitive sentences or phrases have been
eliminated, responses to questions have been incorporated--whenever
possible--into the lectures themselves, and numerous sentences have been
revised --all in the hope of producing a more readable set of