Foucault: A Very Short Introduction

Foucault: A Very Short Introduction

Gary Gutting

From aesthetics to the penal process, and from insanity and civilization to avant-garde literature, Foucault used to be satisfied to reject outdated versions of considering and exchange them with clean types which are nonetheless being debated this present day. a tremendous impression on Queer thought and gender reports (he was once brazenly homosexual and died of an AIDS-related disorder in 1984), he additionally wrote on structure, background, legislation, medication, literature, politics, and naturally philosophy. He even controlled to jot down a top vendor in France on a e-book devoted to the historical past of platforms of suggestion. simply because he by no means succinctly said his arguments, these attempting to come to phrases with Foucault's paintings have desperately sought introductory fabric to make his theories transparent and obtainable for the beginner.

Here, Gary Gutting offers a finished yet non-systematic therapy of a few highlights of Foucault's existence and notion. The ebook starts with a quick biography to set the social and political level. It then considers Foucault's suggestions on literature, specifically the avant-garde scene, his philosophical and old paintings and the reception he got from the old neighborhood, his remedy of data and gear in smooth society, and his ideas on sexuality.

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