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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But both Nietzsche and Foucault at the same time depict the human being as
formed by a host of historically contingent rules, statutes, and norms, defined by
the customs, practices, and institutions every human being must grow up within.
I n- tering Sade's dungeon of dreams, the human being becomes, both fig ir-
atively and literally, a "prisoner of the passage," "a slave of desires and i le
servant of the heart." For the madman, whether confined in a castle or free to set
According to both Foucault and Nietzsche, it also produced an entirely new
deployment of impulses and powers within the human animal: "All instincts that
do not discharge themselves outwardly turn inward" suggested Nietzsche. "Thus
it was ...
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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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