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Few philosophers have had as strong an influence on the twentieth century as Michel Foucault. His work has affected the teaching of any number of disciplines and remains, twenty years after his death, critically important. This newly available edition is drawn from the complete collection of all of Foucault's courses, articles, and interviews, and brings his most important work to a new generation of readers.

Ethics (edited by Paul Rabinow) contains the summaries of Foucault's ...

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Overview

Few philosophers have had as strong an influence on the twentieth century as Michel Foucault. His work has affected the teaching of any number of disciplines and remains, twenty years after his death, critically important. This newly available edition is drawn from the complete collection of all of Foucault's courses, articles, and interviews, and brings his most important work to a new generation of readers.

Ethics (edited by Paul Rabinow) contains the summaries of Foucault's renowned courses at the Collège de France, paired with key writings and interviews on friendship, sexuality, and the care of the self and others.

The first volume of the series contains the famous course summaries which Foucault submitted to the College de France each year from 1970 to 1982. Never before available in English, these writings provide a lucid and accessible overview of Foucault's work in progress during this time, including his groundbreaking analyses of penal institutions, psychiatry, "bio-politics, " and the status of the modern subject. 320 pp. 15,000 print.

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“Foucault’s work . . . leaves no reader untouched or unchanged.” —Edward Said

“What shines through in these pieces . . . is [Foucault’s] remarkable liveliness of response, the extravagance of his curiosity, the originality and assurance of his formulations. . . To read this book is to remember—as with the Kennedy assassination or the Challenger explosion—where you were when you heard it for the first time.” —Boston Book Review

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These essays-the first of three volumes of Foucault's short works, interviews, and fragments-open with 11 previously unpublished outlines for lectures at the College de France from 1970 until near Foucault's death. They begin with the distinction Foucault made between the "will to knowledge" (a passion for authoritative organization) and the "will to truth" (a concern for the integrity of subjective expression). The outlines often probe subjectivity, but Foucault's thought becomes increasingly moral and political, focusing on technology and the social order. Though not his major writings, these works may be "essential" because they express the kernel of his thought. They suffer from problems of vocabulary-"knowing" and "willing" have uncertain meanings in the original French and in the English translations-and his arguments do not get much formal analysis. Even so, he writes entertainingly and makes us think. For any sizable library.-Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565844346
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: New Press Essential Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 733,082
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author


Michel Foucault (1926–1984) was one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. He held a chair in the history of systems of thought at the Collège de France and lectured at universities throughout the world. The New Press has published his books Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology; Ethics; Power; The Essential Foucault; and The Chomsky-Foucault Debate (with Noam Chomsky). Foucault’s other books include Madness and Civilization, Discipline and Punish, The Order of Things, and The History of Sexuality.

Paul Rabinow is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His previous books include Anthropos Today, French DNA and French Modern.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The History of Systems of Thought
Note on Terms and Translations
Pt. 1 The Courses 3
Candidacy Presentation: College de France, 1969 5
The Will to Knowledge 11
Penal Theories and Institutions 17
The Punitive Society 23
Psychiatric Power 39
The Abnormals 51
Society Must Be Defended 59
Security, Territory, and Population 67
The Birth of Biopolitics 73
On the Government of the Living 81
Subjectivity and Truth 87
The Hermeneutic of the Subject 93
Pt. 2 Ethics 109
Polemics, Politics, and Problematizations 111
An Interview by Stephen Riggins 121
Friendship as a Way of Life 135
Sexual Choice, Sexual Act 141
The Social Triumph of the Sexual Will 157
Sex, Power, and the Politics of Identity 163
Sexuality and Solitude 175
The Battle for Chastity 185
Preface to The History of Sexuality, Volume Two 199
Self Writing 207
Technologies of the Self 223
On the Genealogy of Ethics: An Overview of Work in Progress 253
The Ethics of the Concern for Self as a Practice of Freedom 281
What is Enlightenment? 303
The Masked Philosopher 321
Index 329
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