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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53 In an unusually revealing 1981 interview , he described in some detail the
appeal to him of certain extreme forms of Passion , implicitly linking a shattering
type of “ suffering - pleasure , ” the lifelong preparation for suicide — and the
His own death , though revealing , might then be seen merely as " the
supernatural return of the insult , a retribution thwarting the flight into counter -
nature . " 96 Despite his understandable misgivings about the philosophical
value of his own ...
a special pleasure in anchoring his work in the dense , complex realities of the
past revealed in archives and documents . 65 “ Reality is frighteningly superior to
all fiction , " as Artaud once put it . “ All you need is the genius to know how to ...
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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