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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Foucault's book on Roussel in many ways helps to illuminate his own evident “
anguish,” and also, perhaps, the hermetic impulse ... for example, one is
reminded of how Foucault himself lingered over the similar ambiguity of
Roussel's last act.
And it is only thanks to these new rules that “the abyss beneath illness [le mall"—
the constant presence of “death in life”—can emerge “into the light of language.”
Roussel's language-game, as Foucault describes it, eerily mirrors that of Bichat.
The star on the forehead was Roussel's personal emblem for his daimon. It
appears in his play L'étoile au front, discussed by Foucault—and also in
Roussel's conversations with Pierre Janet (a text that Foucault knew as well). Cf.
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Revelatory, well-written account of the controversial life and writings of French historian and philosopher Foucault. Miller (``Democracy is in the Streets'', 1987, etc.) makes it clear from the start ... Read full review
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Foucault has been acclaimed as one of France's most influential and certainly controversial 20th-century philosophers. Miller has thoroughly researched and presented Foucault's intellectual journey ... Read full review
THE DEATH OF THE AUTHOR
WAITING FOR GODOT
THE HEART LAID BARE
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