The work of Michel Foucault, one of the most influential of modern French social theorists and philosophers, has had a dramatic and far-reaching effect on many disciplines. The essays in this reissued collection, originally published in 1986, present Foucault's work as an important contribution to the theoretical analysis of history, language and power. They also represent a critical response to this contribution, encouraging readers not only to read Foucault for themselves, but to think about some new problems in a new way.
1. Introduction: Michel Foucault 2. Foucault's Genealogy of the Human Sciences 3. The Linguistic Fault: The Case of Foucault's Archaeology 4. The Nouvelle Philosophie and Foucault 5. Strategies for Socialists? Foucault's Conception of Power 6. Power and Analysis: Beyond Foucault