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The Political Philosophy of Michel Foucault

1st Edition

By Mark G.E. Kelly


186 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book is the first to systematically reconstruct Michel Foucault’s political and philosophical thought across his career. It argues, in the areas of epistemology, power, subjectivity, resistance, politics, and ethics, that Foucault’s work represents the articulation of a consistent and progressive philosophical and political viewpoint. The work is thus an important intervention into the field of Foucault studies, where many continue to claim that Foucault’s work is contradictory, nonsensical, or nihilistic.


'This book is the one scholars and students should turn to for the much needed analysis of the key theoretical concepts in Foucault’s work--concepts such as power, subjectivity, resistance and critique. It also provides a sustained defense of the consistency of Foucault’s views over time. Kelly has succeeded in grasping Foucault from the inside out.'David Weberman, Central European University, Hungary

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Epistemology 2. Power I 3. Power II 4. Subjectivity 5. Resistance 6. Critique 7. Ethics

About the Author

Mark G.E. Kelly is Lecturer in Philosophy at Middlesex University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General