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Politics, Philosophy, Culture
Interviews and Other Writings, 1977-1984

ISBN 9780415901499
Published February 22, 1990 by Routledge
356 Pages

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Book Description

Politics, Philosophy, Culture contains a rich selection of interviews and other writings by the late Michel Foucault. Drawing upon his revolutionary concept of power as well as his critique of the institutions that organize social life, Foucault discusses literature, music, and the power of art while also examining concrete issues such as the Left in contemporary France, the social security system, the penal system, homosexuality, madness, and the Iranian Revolution.

Table of Contents

Foreward; Introduction: Foucault and the politics of Experience Lawrence D. Kritzman; 1. The Minimalist Self; 2. Critical Theory/Intellectual History; 3. An aesthetics of Existence; 4. Politics and Reason; 5. The Art of Telling the Truth; 6. On Power; 7. Power and Sex; 8. The Dangerous Individual; 9. Practicing Criticism; 10. Social Security; 11. Confinement, Psychiatry, Prison 12. Iran: The Spirit of a World Without Spirit; 13. The Battle for Chastity; 14. The Return of Morality; 15. The Concern for Truth; 16. Sexual Morality and the Law; 17. Sexual Choice, Sexual Act: Foucault and Homosexuality; 18. The Functions of Literature; 19. Contemporary Music and Its Public; 20. The Masked Philosopher

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Lawrence D. Kritzman is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth.


". . . fills an important niche in presenting a significant number of Foucault's writings that otherwise would remain unavailable to an English-language audience. . . . this work demonstrates acute insights that illuminate the so-called `normal' world." -- American Journal of Art Therapy
"These writings evince Foucault at his most lucid. Kritzman's introduction is most helpful." -- Religious Studies Review