Foucault Live: Collected Interviews, 1961--1984 / Edition 2

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Currently in its fourth printing, Foucault Live is the most accessible and exhaustive introduction to Foucault's thought to date. Composed of every extant interview made by Foucault from the mid-60s until his death in 1984, Foucault Live sheds new light on the philosopher's ideas about friendship, the intent behind his classical studies, while clarifying many of the professional and popular misinterpretations of his ideas over the course of his career. As Gilles Deleuze noted, "the interviews in this book go much further than anything Foucault ever wrote, and they are indispensable in understanding his life work." Most notably,Foucault Live includes interviews he made with the gay underground press during his stays in America during the 1970s. In them, Foucault suggests that homosexuality presents a new paradigm for ways of living beyond the predictable, binary couple.

All of the philosopher's interests, from madness and delinquency to film and sexuality, and their resultant writings, are probed by knowledgeable critics and journalists. After reading this book, the reader can explore key notions such as episteme, savoir and connaissance, archeology, and archive, without the knitted brow that plagued Foucault's public when he was alive. This is the guide to Foucault's life as an agent provocateur in the world of philosophy and scholarship.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570270185
  • Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents
  • Edition description: Expanded Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,002,639
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michel Foucault (1926—84) is widely considered to be one of the most influential academic voices of the twentieth century and has proven influential across disciplines.

Sylvère Lotringer is Jean Baudrillard Chair at the European Graduate School,Switzerland, and Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University.

John Johnston is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Emory University in Atlanta. He is the author of Carnival of Repetition and Information Multiplicity.

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Table of Contents

1 Madness Only Exists in Society 7
2 Andre Breton: A Literature of Knowledge 10
3 The Order of Things 13
4 The Discourse of History 19
5 History, Discourse and Discontinuity 33
6 Foucault Responds to Sartre 51
7 The Archeology of Knowledge 57
8 The Birth of a World 65
9 Rituals of Exclusion 68
10 Intellectuals and Power 74
11 Confining Societies 83
12 An Historian of Culture 95
13 Equipments of Power 105
14 On Attica 113
15 Film and Popular Memory 122
16 Talk Show 133
17 From Torture to Cellblock 146
18 On Literature 150
19 Schizo--Culture: Infantile Sexuality 154
20 Schizo--Culture: On Prison and Psychiatry 168
21 Paul's Story 181
22 Sade: Sargeant of Sex 186
23 The Politics of Soviet Crime 190
24 The Social Extension of the Norm 196
25 Sorcery and Madness 200
26 I, Pierre Riviere 203
27 Power Affects the Body 207
28 The End of the Monarchy of Sex 214
29 The Eye of Power 226
30 The Anxiety of Judging 241
31 Clarifications on the Question of Power 255
32 The Danger of Child Sexuality 264
33 The Impossible Prison 275
34 White Magic and Black Gown 287
35 "Paris-Berlin" 292
36 The Simplest of Pleasures 295
37 Truth is in the Future 298
38 The Masked Philosopher 302
39 Friendship as a Way of Life 308
40 Passion According to Werner Schroeter 313
41 Sexual Choice, Sexual Act 322
42 Space, Knowledge and Power 335
43 How Much Does it Cost for Reason to Tell the Truth? 348
44 History and Homosexuality 363
45 An Ethics of Pleasure 371
46 Sex, Power and the Politics of Identity 382
47 The Cultural Insularity of Contemporary Music 391
48 Archeology of a Passion 397
49 What Our Present Is 407
50 Problematics 416
51 What Calls for Punishment? 423
52 The Ethics of the Concern for Self 432
53 An Aesthetics of Existence 450
54 The Concern for Truth 455
55 The Return of Morality 465
Bibliography and Acknowledgements 474
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