The Cambridge Companion to Foucault (Cambridge Companions to by Gary Gutting

By Gary Gutting

For Michel Foucault, philosophy was once a fashion of wondering the allegedly important truths that underpin the practices and associations of recent society. The essays during this quantity offer a complete evaluation of Foucault's significant subject matters and texts, from his early paintings on insanity via his background of sexuality. detailed consciousness can be paid to thinkers and events, from Kant via present feminist concept, which are quite vital for figuring out his paintings and its effect. This revised version comprises 5 new essays and revisions of many others, and the huge bibliography has been up-to-date. First variation Hb (1994) 0-521-40332-4 First version PB (1994) 0-521-40887-3

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As we should now expect, this focus on the body continues in his subsequent work. A chapter in the second volume of his history of sexuality, which appeared just before he died, is entitled “Dietetics” to underscore the greater concern of the classical Greeks for sex in the context of diet and physical regimen than with sex as primarily a moral matter. Power relations underwrite all Foucault’s genealogies. This translates “history” from a project of meaning and communication toward a “micro-physics of power,” in Foucault’s telling phrase (DP, 139).

Foucault’s theories Foucault is an impressive theoretician who builds complex analytic structures with rare facility and acuity. His theorizing is typically not for its own sake but in response to the demands of a specific historical or critical project. Moreover, the theories devised are not intended as permanent structures, enduring in virtue of their universal truth. They are temporary scaffoldings, erected for a specific purpose, that Foucault is happy to abandon to whomever might find them useful, once he has finished his job.

As we should now expect, this focus on the body continues in his subsequent work. A chapter in the second volume of his history of sexuality, which appeared just before he died, is entitled “Dietetics” to underscore the greater concern of the classical Greeks for sex in the context of diet and physical regimen than with sex as primarily a moral matter. Power relations underwrite all Foucault’s genealogies. This translates “history” from a project of meaning and communication toward a “micro-physics of power,” in Foucault’s telling phrase (DP, 139).

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