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 relative value of visual images, symbols, and abstract ideas as means of
communication; the structure of cognition and its limits; the faculty of desire and "
the character of the sexes" — showing how institutions and practices traverse all
... apart or trampling by horses . . . , boiling of the criminal in oil or wine . . . , the
popular flaying alive . . . , cutting flesh from the chest, and also the practice of
smearing the wrongdoer with honey and leaving him in the blazing sun for the
Thanks to Stoller and to writers like Geoff Mains and Cayle Rubin, whose work
became another one of my touchstones, I came to regard consensual S/M as a
generally benign set of sexual practices. Its techniques no longer shocked me.
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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
THE DEATH OF THE AUTHOR
WAITING FOR GODOT
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