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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"One writes to become someone other than who one is," remarked Foucault in
that fall of 1983, in an interview explaining his fascination with Roussel. "You
know, for him writing was that! There's a beautiful passage in which he said that
It is this transformation of his way of being that [Roussel] observed, r z believed in
, he sought after, and for which he suffered horribly" — and nc just in his writing. "
In Foucault's last two books, he, too, was evidently writing in ord< r "to become ...
And according to Paul Veyne, "During the last eight months of his life, writing his
two books played the same part for him that philosophical writing and personal
journals played in ancient philosophy — that of work performed by the self on the
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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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