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Few philosophers have had as significant an impact on contemporary thought as Michel Foucault. His complete uncollected writings, under the title Dits et écrits, were published in French in 1994 and in a three volume series from The New Press that brought the most important of these works—courses, articles, and interviews, many of them translated into English for the first Few philosophers have had as significant an impact on contemporary thought as Michel Foucault. His complete uncollected writings, under the title Dits et écrits, were published in French in 1994 and in a three volume series from The New Press that brought the most important of these works—courses, articles, and interviews, many of them translated into English for the first time—to American readers. Now, Paul Rabinow and Nikolas Rose have collected the best pieces from the three-volume set into a one-volume anthology. The Essential Foucault, which features a new and provocative introduction by Rabinow and Rose, is certain to become the standard text for all those interested in a comprehensive overview of Foucault’s thought.


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Few philosophers have had as significant an impact on contemporary thought as Michel Foucault. His complete uncollected writings, under the title Dits et écrits, were published in French in 1994 and in a three volume series from The New Press that brought the most important of these works—courses, articles, and interviews, many of them translated into English for the first Few philosophers have had as significant an impact on contemporary thought as Michel Foucault. His complete uncollected writings, under the title Dits et écrits, were published in French in 1994 and in a three volume series from The New Press that brought the most important of these works—courses, articles, and interviews, many of them translated into English for the first time—to American readers. Now, Paul Rabinow and Nikolas Rose have collected the best pieces from the three-volume set into a one-volume anthology. The Essential Foucault, which features a new and provocative introduction by Rabinow and Rose, is certain to become the standard text for all those interested in a comprehensive overview of Foucault’s thought.

30 review for The Essential Foucault: Selections from Essential Works of Foucault, 1954-1984

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    "What is an Author?" "What is an Author?"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeune Fille

    you get so much more from foucault's letters and whatever he writes in the first person because he is so much more sassy and compelling. my favorite chunk of this book is "Lives of Infamous Men," which if you are a freak like me and love Wisconsin Death Trip and @sheboyganscan (http://favstar.fm/users/sheboyganscan... will get a lot out of. He takes small bullets of information from documents concerning random, lost-to-history criminals in the 1700s and brings them back to life, illustrating how you get so much more from foucault's letters and whatever he writes in the first person because he is so much more sassy and compelling. my favorite chunk of this book is "Lives of Infamous Men," which if you are a freak like me and love Wisconsin Death Trip and @sheboyganscan (http://favstar.fm/users/sheboyganscan... will get a lot out of. He takes small bullets of information from documents concerning random, lost-to-history criminals in the 1700s and brings them back to life, illustrating how people who make small rackets in their lives draw the attention of Power, which kills them but also in this weird way makes them eternal. here are two excerpts from "lives of infamous men": "we may amuse ourselves, if we wish, by seeing a revenge in this: the chance that enabled these absolutely undistinguished people to emerge from their place amid the dead multitudes, to gesticulate again, to manifest their rage, their affliction, or the invincible determination to err- perhaps it makes up for the bad luck the brought power's lightning bolt down upon them, in spite of their modesty and anonymity." skeletons rising to gesticulate! "out of the graves and into the streets." "Malthurin Milan, place in the hospital of Charenton, 31 August 1707: "His madness was always to hide from his family, to lead an obscure life in he country, to have actions at law, to lend usuriously and without security, to lead his feeble mind down unknown paths, and believe himself capable of the greatest employments." ^that's me, right??

  3. 5 out of 5

    Empire

    One of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century because of his unconventional way of analyzing the subjects he approaches. In this book you can find some of his most important concepts. It is composed by multiple chapters, which is good because you can read a chapter and then put the book back into your library and whenever you feel like to read some Foucault you can just read a random chapter.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like how he talks about the way that we constantly look back on our history of science. He explains nicely how this retroactive assignment of truth-hood or false-hood on scientific theories is a sticky game to play. I look forward to getting more into it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Dissapointingly shitty introduction, but the interviews are grand.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Curtis

    More early start to Spring semester.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gizella Czene

    It's just a taste but I love his thinking. It's just a taste but I love his thinking.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I also picked this book up today. I gave it five stars because of the breadth of work it collects, especially the essay "What is Critique," which I think is an important work. I also picked this book up today. I gave it five stars because of the breadth of work it collects, especially the essay "What is Critique," which I think is an important work.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Josip Cmrečnjak

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    194 F762es 2003

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    Ian

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    Ramanvir Grewal

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    Kalika Bower

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    Ryan M.

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    Matthew Summers

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    Brad

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    Ben Wood Johnson

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    Azadeh Sobout

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    Oleg Zviagin

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    Cat

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    tiina

  30. 4 out of 5

    Venereal Bede

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