The Philosophy of Foucault

The Philosophy of Foucault What remains constant is that Foucault never stops asking the question of who we are and how we came to be that way Following Foucault s itinerary from his early history of madness to his recently pub

  • Title: The Philosophy of Foucault
  • Author: Todd May
  • ISBN: 9780773531697
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • What remains constant is that Foucault never stops asking the question of who we are and how we came to be that way Following Foucault s itinerary from his early history of madness to his recently published Collhge de France lectures, Todd May shows that the question of who we are, while changing, remains always at or just below the surface of Foucault s writings In so dWhat remains constant is that Foucault never stops asking the question of who we are and how we came to be that way Following Foucault s itinerary from his early history of madness to his recently published Collhge de France lectures, Todd May shows that the question of who we are, while changing, remains always at or just below the surface of Foucault s writings In so doing he offers students an immediately engaging and perceptive way to understand Foucault The Philosophy of Foucault is an accessible and stimulating introduction that will be welcomed by students studying Foucault as part of politics, sociology, and history courses as well as within philosophy.

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  • Todd May

    Todd May is a political philosopher notable for his role in developing, alongside Saul Newman and Lewis Call, the theory of post structuralist anarchism 1 He is currently Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University and contributes to CounterPunch His 1994 book The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism was the first to combine poststructuralist and anarchist thought, and he subsequently has published treatments of major poststructuralist philosophers, including Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault He serves as faculty adviser for several student run political organizations

  • 153 Comments

  • later confusion: discovered an earlier graphic text 'introducing Foucault', source of some of my negative impressions of f- but now, in my reading, able to see that this may's book is the 'why' to read f, macey is the biographical, downing is the linkage apparent between bio and work, merquior is 'critical' but too soon, too simple, too limited in texts, and o'farrell is the 'what' of f, and encouraging 'how'- which is basically: read a lot, read more, read f in native French, read a lot of work [...]


  • The book is an introduction to Foucault’s historical and philosophical writings. The position May takes regarding what Foucault is: philosopher, historian, post- modernist, etc. is not an issue, and in a book like this it is not significant. What is significant is that May very clearly examines many of Foucault’s major works written and the various stages he has gone through. May also attempts to do what Foucault had said he could not do: examines the question of who Foucault is. The book is [...]


  • This is an ultra-brief summary of Foucault's major Histories and it seems like a great starter. It's short but doesn't try to be comprehensive. May studiously avoids biography, which I get, but it started to disappoint me because Foucault's story is so interesting and linked to his philosophy.


  • Excellent primer on Foucault. Summarizes many of the key concepts, along with some general criticisms and debate of those concepts. A great philosophical overview.


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