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Understanding Foucault
A critical introduction

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ISBN 9781742370422
Published March 1, 2012 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

'An outstandingly good introduction to Foucault's work: lucid, measured, well organised, and covering this complex and in many ways heterogeneous body of work with remarkable thoroughness and ease.' - Professor John Frow, University of Melbourne

Michel Foucault is now regarded as one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. He is known for his sensibility of critique and his commitment to movements for social change. His analysis of the ways our notions of truth, meaning, knowledge and reason are shaped by historical forces continues to influence thinkers around the world.

Understanding Foucault offers a comprehensive introduction to Foucault's work. The authors examine Foucault's thinking in the context of the philosophies he engaged with during his career, and the events he participated in, including the student protests of 1968. A unique feature of the book is its consideration of the recently published lectures and minor works, and the authors show how these illuminate and extend our understanding of Foucault's major books.

Understanding Foucault provides an accessible entree to the world of this extraordinary and challenging philosopher.

Table of Contents



Glossary of theoretical terms

1 Questions of method

2 Power and knowledge

3 Governmentality

4 Liberalism and neo-liberalism

5 Subjectivity and technologies of the self

6 Critique and ethics



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TONY SCHIRATO is Associate Professor in the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. GEOFF DANAHER is an independent scholar affiliated with CQUniversity Australia. JEN WEBB is Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.