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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The very violence of Sade's erotic fantasies testifies to the force of those
elemental impulses that most modern societies have tried to brand as abnormal.
Yet even the most civilized creatures of modern cultures, as Foucault had
remarked in ...
"Nothing is negative in transgression," he declared in his 1962 essay on Bataille,
explaining (and implicitly defending) a form of extreme erotic experience that is
simultaneously "pure" and "confused." By letting its most agonizing impulses run
Perhaps externalizing cruelty, if only in art and erotic play, offers a useful outlet
for aggressive impulses, giving shape to energies that might otherwise break
society apart. Or perhaps expressing aggressive impulses, even if only in art and
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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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