The Passion of Michel Foucault
Based on extensive new research and a bold interpretation of the man and his texts, The Passion of Michel Foucault is a startling look at one of this century's most influential philosophers. It chronicles every stage of Foucault's personal and professional odyssey, from his early interest in dreams to his final preoccupation with sexuality and the nature of personal identity.
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Or, to pose the question more abstractly, in terms of the ethical issue raised as
well by Foucault's own political "limit-experiences" after May '68: what role ought
cruelty and violence to play in the organization of body, soul, and society?
"This secret self-ravishment, this artist's cruelty, this delight in imposing a form
upon oneself as a hard, recalcitrant, suffering material, and in burning a will, a
critique, a contradiction, a contempt, a No into it, this uncanny, dreadfully joyous
unrestrained sovereigns, and bloody movements of popular revolt. This is akin to
the cruelty embraced by Sade's heroes, Machiavelli's prince, and the French ultra
-left's would-be guerrilla warriors. It is a form of real cruelty explicitly entertained ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - knownever - LibraryThing
Foucault would hate this book, but the freak-reader will appreciate that the guy was a total freak (in both the best and worst ways). He sounds utterly histrionic and unbearable (repeated youthful ... Read full review
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Being a neophyte Foucault researcher, a Professor at my university recommended this book as a good frame for viewing the rest of his work. Context is always valuable, but I am starting to feel that ... Read full review
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