Ethics: Subjectivity and Truth

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Few philosophers have had as strong an influence on the twentieth century as Michel Foucault. In 1994, ten years after his death, his French publisher, Gallimard, issued "Dits et ecrits," the first complete collection of all Foucault's publications outside his monographs. Now "The New Press" brings the most important work from "Dits et ecrits" to English-speaking readers in a definitive three-volume series edited by Paul Rabinow. This first volume contains the famous course summaries Foucault submitted to the ...
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Overview

Few philosophers have had as strong an influence on the twentieth century as Michel Foucault. In 1994, ten years after his death, his French publisher, Gallimard, issued "Dits et ecrits," the first complete collection of all Foucault's publications outside his monographs. Now "The New Press" brings the most important work from "Dits et ecrits" to English-speaking readers in a definitive three-volume series edited by Paul Rabinow. This first volume contains the famous course summaries Foucault submitted to the College de France each year from 1970 and 1982. 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, 'biopolitics,' and the modern subject. A second section contains interviews, along with Foucault's key writings on ethics, including some of the riskiest and most personal writing of Foucault's career.

The first in a three-volume series of works by the French philosopher Michel Foucault (The Order of Things; The History of Sexuality), who died in 1984, Ethics: Subjectivity and Truth/Vol. I, The Essential Works of Michel Foucault (1954-1984), includes essays, lectures and interviews that address individuality, sexuality, psychiatry and politics. Of special interest are course summaries Foucault delivered to the College of France, published in English for the first time.

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These essays-the first of three volumes of Foucault's short works, interviews, and fragments-open with 11 previously unpublished outlines for lectures at the College de France from 1970 until near Foucault's death.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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The French publication "Dits and <'E>crits, 1954-1988" (1994, <'E>ditions Gallimard, Paris) comprises more than 3,000 pages collecting all of Foucault's published texts not included in his books <-->prefaces, introductions, presentations, interviews, articles, interventions, lectures, and so on. This selection is the first in a projected series of selections in English translation. It contains the famous course summaries Foucault submitted to the Coll<`e>ge de France each year from 1970 to 1982, providing a lucid overview of his work during this time, including his groundbreaking analyses of penal institutions, psychiatry, "biopolitics," and the modern subject. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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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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