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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A creature of history , every human being embodies a compound of nature and
culture , chaos and order , instinct and reason — two heterogeneous dimensions
of being human symbolized , as Nietzsche saw it , by Dionysus and Apollo .
Having inculcated patterns of behavior , a culture has roots sunk in the past , and
“ the will , ” as Nietzsche put it , “ cannot will backwards . ” Born and raised in a
tradition , a human being at first may experience its cultural inheritance as a cozy
Edward W. Said, author of Culture and Imperialism and Orientalism "James Miller
may shock some readers with his way of talking about both sex and philosophy,
Nietzsche and AIDS, theories of knowledge and sadomasochism, but out of ...
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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