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Foucault, Michel 1926-1984

Works: 2,823 works in 8,740 publications in 5 languages and 226,359 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Translator, Other, Interviewee, Contributor, Creator, Performer, Publishing director, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Honoree, Correspondent, Commentator, Director
Classifications: AZ101, 194
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Most widely held works by Michel Foucault
Discipline and punish : the birth of the prison by Michel Foucault ( Book )
62 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and Portuguese and held by 3,484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this work, the author suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul
The history of sexuality by Michel Foucault ( Book )
145 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Michel Foucault's 'The History of Sexuality' pioneered queer theory. In it he builds an argument grounded in a historical analysis of the word "sexuality" against the common thesis that sexuality always has been repressed in Western society. Quite the contrary: since the 17th century, there has been a fixation with sexuality creating a discourse around sexuality. It is this discourse that has created sexual minorities. In 'The History of Sexuality', Foucault attempts to disprove the thesis that Western society has seen a repression of sexuality since the 17th century and that sexuality has been unmentionable, something impossible to speak about. In the 70s, when the book was written, the sexual revolution was a fact. The ideas of the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, saying that to conserve your mental health you needed to liberate your sexual energy, were popular. The past was seen as a dark age where sexuality had been something forbidden
Madness and civilization; a history of insanity in the age of reason by Michel Foucault ( Book )
64 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the literary, philosophical, and moral themes of madness as well as its social and theological impact in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries
The order of things : an archaeology of the human sciences by Michel Foucault ( Book )
63 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in English and held by 2,524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When one defines 'order' as a sorting of priorities, it becomes beautifully clear what Foucault is doing here. He weaves an intensely complex history of thought. He dips into literature, art, economics and even biology
The archaeology of knowledge by Michel Foucault ( Book )
57 editions published between 1972 and 2010 in English and held by 2,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In France, a country that awards its intellectuals the status other countries give their rock stars, Michel Foucault was part of a glittering generation of thinkers, one which also included Sartre, de Beauvoir and Deleuze. One of the great intellectual heroes of the twentieth century, Foucault was a man whose passion and reason were at the service of nearly every progressive cause of his time. From law and order, to mental health, to power and knowledge, he spearheaded public awareness of the dynamics that hold us all in thrall to a few powerful ideologies and interests. Arguably his finest work, Archaeology of Knowledge is a challenging but fantastically rewarding introduction to his ideas. -- Publisher description of 2002 edition
The birth of the clinic; an archaeology of medical perception by Michel Foucault ( Book )
76 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in English and held by 2,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the eighteenth century, medicine underwent a mutation. For the first time, medical knowledge took on a precision that had formerly belonged only to mathematics. The body became something that could be mapped. Disease became subject to new rules of classification. And doctors begin to describe phenomena that for centuries had remained below the threshold of the visible and expressible. In The Birth of the Clinic the philosopher and intellectual historian who may be the true heir to Nietzsche charts this dramatic transformation of medical knowledge. As in his classic Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault shows how much what we think of as pure science owes to social and cultural attitudes - in this case, to the climate of the French Revolution. Brilliant, provocative, and omnivorously learned, his book sheds new light on the origins of our current notions of health and sickness, life and death." --
Death and the labyrinth the world of Raymond Roussel by Michel Foucault ( Book )
21 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 1,560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Death and the Labyrinth in unique, being Foucault's only work on literature. For Foucault this was "by far the book I wrote most easily and with the greatest pleasure". Here, Foucault explores theory, criticism and psychology through the texts of Raymond Roussel, one of the fathers of experimental writing, whose work has been celebrated by the likes of Cocteau, Duchamp, Breton, Robbe Grillet, Gide and Giacometti." "This revised edition includes an Introduction, Chronology and Bibliography to Foucault's work by James Faubion, an interview with Foucault, conducted only nine months before his death, and concludes with an essay on Roussel by the poet John Ashbery."--Jacket
The Foucault reader by Michel Foucault ( Book )
20 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in English and held by 1,538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Michael Foucault's writing has shaped the teaching of half a dozen disciplines, ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology. But none of his books offers a satisfactory introduction to the entire complex body of his work. The Foucault Reader precisely serves that purpose. It contains selections from each area of Foucault's thought, a wealth of previously unpublished writings, and an interview with Foucault during which he discusses his philosophy with unprecedented candor
Power/knowledge : selected interviews and other writings, 1972-1977 by Michel Foucault ( Book )
39 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in English and held by 1,477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Michel Foucault has become famous for a series of books that have permanently altered our understanding of many institutions of Western society. He analyzed mental institutions in the remarkable Madness and Civilization; hospitals in The Birth of the Clinic; prisons in Discipline and Punish; and schools and families in The History of Sexuality. But the general reader as well as the specialist is apt to miss the consistent purposes that lay behind these difficult individual studies, thus losing sight of the broad social vision and political aims that unified them. Now, in this superb set of essays and interviews, Foucault has provided a much-needed guide to Foucault. These pieces, ranging over the entire spectrum of his concerns, enabled Foucault, in his most intimate and accessible voice, to interpret the conclusions of his research in each area and to demonstrate the contribution of each to the magnificent - and terrifying - portrait of society that he was patiently compiling. For, as Foucault shows, what he was always describing was the nature of power in society; not the conventional treatment of power that concentrates on powerful individuals and repressive institutions, but the much more pervasive and insidious mechanisms by which power "reaches into the very grain of individuals, touches their bodies and inserts itself into their actions and attitudes, their discourses, learning processes and everyday lives" Foucault's investigations of prisons, schools, barracks, hospitals, factories, cities, lodgings, families, and other organized forms of social life are each a segment of one of the most astonishing intellectual enterprises of all time -- and, as this book proves, one which possesses profound implications for understanding the social control of our bodies and our minds."
History of madness by Michel Foucault ( Book )
20 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Challenging entrenched views of madness and reason, History of Madness is one of the classics of 20th century thought. It is Foucaultʼs first major work, written in a dazzling and sometimes enigmatic literary style. It also introduces many of the inspiring and radical themes that he was to write about throughout his life, above all the nature of power and social exclusion. History of Madness begins in the Middle Ages with vivid descriptions of the exclusion and confinement of lepers. Why Foucault asks, when the leper houses were emptied at the end of the Middle Ages, were they turned into places of confinement for the mad? Why, within the space of several months in 1656, was one out of every hundred people in Paris confined? Foucaultʼs bold and controversial answer is that throughout modern history, madness has meant isolation, repression and exclusion. Even the Enlightenment, which attempted to educate and include the mad, ended up imprisoning them in a moral world. As Foucault famously declared to a reporter from Le Monde in 1961, ʺMadness exists only in society. It does not exist outside the forms of sensibility that isolate it, and the form of repulsion that expel it or capture it.ʺ Shifting brilliantly from Descartes and early Enlightenment thought to the founding of the Hopital General in Paris and the work of philanthropists and early psychiatrists such as Philippe Pinel and Samuel Tuke, Foucault focuses throughout not only on the philosophical and cultural values attached to the mad. He also urges us to recognize the creative forces that madness represents, drawing on examples from Goya, Nietzsche, Van Gogh and Artaud. History of Madness is an inspiring and classic work that challenges up to understand madness, reason and power and the forces that shape them. Also includes information on alienation, animal spirits, asylums, Hieronymus Bosch, brain, burning at the stake, Christ and symbolism, classical age, confinement, convulsions, crime, delirium, dementia, dreams, alienation and exclusion, fear, God, hallucinations, hospitals, houses of confinement, houses of correction, hysteria, the insane, lunatics, mania, melancholy, mind, morality, positivism, prisons, poverty, punishment, the Renaissance, the French Revolution, sin, soul, suicide, symbolism, treatments, vapours, venereal disease, water, wisdom, witchcraft, women, work, workhouses, etc
Language, counter-memory, practice : selected essays and interviews by Michel Foucault ( Book )
32 editions published between 1977 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Because of their range, brilliance, and singularity, the ideas of the philosopher-critic-historian Michel Foucault have gained extraordinary currency throughout the Western intellectual community. This book offers a selection of seven of Foucault's most important published essays, translated from the French, with an introductory essay and notes by Donald F. Bouchard
Les mots et les choses; une archéologie des sciences humaines by Michel Foucault ( Book )
129 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in French and English and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Archéologie des 16e et 17e siècles
Technologies of the self : a seminar with Michel Foucault by Michel Foucault ( Book )
16 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is not a pipe by Michel Foucault ( Book )
13 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume contains the author's classic essay on the complex relationship between language and image in René Magritte's iconic painting. What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? The painting is not a pipe, but rather an image of a pipe, which was Magritte's point. By exploring the nuances and ambiguities of Magritte's visual critique of language, he finds the painter less removed than previously thought from the pioneers of modern abstraction. The author's essay offers a view of a painter whose influence and popularity continue to grow unchecked
Surveiller et punir : naissance de la prison by Michel Foucault ( Book )
109 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rechtsfilosofische beschouwing over het ontstaan en de ontwikkeling van het gevangeniswezen en de in de westerse samenleving werkzame controlemechanismen sinds de achttiende eeuw
Foucault : a critical reader ( Book )
3 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and Spanish and held by 907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Michael Foucault's intellectual journeys carried him across many different disciplines and often into uncharted lands. His astonishing discoveries and claims have been received with both unbridled enthusiasm and vehement dissent. This collection of essays is the first to bring together major criticisms of Foucault by other writers with their own visions. From the perspective of philosophy, the history of science, intellectual history, sociology, political science, and literary criticism, the distinguished contributors to this book discuss forthrightly and fairly the difficulties and dangers of Foucault's explorations. Whether they attack or defend him, his texts are closely examined and carefully interpreted
The essential works of Michel Foucault, 1954-1984 by Michel Foucault ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'archéologie du savoir by Michel Foucault ( Book )
88 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Analyse des ruptures historiographiques qui définissent l'histoire des sciences, considérées ici comme domaines de la connaissance. A partir de la notion d'actes et de seuils épistémologiques définie par G. Bachelard, et de celle de déplacement et de transformation des concepts de G. Canguilhem, le philosophe examine les enchaînements et les hiérarchies qui façonnent l'actualité du savoir
Michel Foucault, beyond structuralism and hermeneutics by Hubert L Dreyfus ( Book )
8 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book, which Foucault himself has judged accurate, is the first to provide a sustained, coherent analysis of Foucault's work as a whole. To demonstrate the sense in which Foucault's work is beyond structuralism and hermeneutics, the authors unfold a careful, analytical exposition of his oeuvre. They argue that during the of Foucault's work became a sustained and largely successful effort to develop a new method -- "interpretative analytics" -- capable of explaining both the logic of structuralism's claim to be an objective science and the apparent validity of the hermeneutical counterclaim that the human sciences can proceed only by understanding the deepest meaning of the subject and his tradition. -- from (August 19, 2011)
Histoire de la folie à l'âge classique by Michel Foucault ( Book )
129 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in French and Undetermined and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Volume five of the Past Masters Edition
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Faucault, Michel 1926-1984
Foucault, M. 1926-1984
Foucault, M. M. 1926-1984
Foucault, M. (Michel), 1926-1984
Foucault, Michael
Foucault, Michael 1926-1984
Foucault, Michel
Foucault, Michel 1926-1984
Foucault, Michèle 1926-1984
Foucault, Paul Michel.
Fuke 1926-1984
Fuko, Miscel
Fuko, Mišel
Fuko, Mišel 1926-1984
Fuko, Mišels 1926-1984
Fuḳo, Mishel
Fuḳo, Mishel 1926-1984
Fūkū, Mīshāll 1926-1984
Fūkū, Mīshīll 1926-1984
Fūkū, Mīšil 1926-1984
Fūkūh, Mīshīl
Fūkūh, Mīshīl 1926-1984
Michel Foucault
Phoukō, Misel
Phoukō, Misel 1926-1984
Pʿukʿo 1926-1984
Pʻukʻo, Misyel
Pʿukʿo, Misyel 1926-1984
Фуко, Мишель 1926-1984
فوكو، ميشال، 1926-1984
ميشيل فوكو، 1926-1984
フーコー, M
フーコー, ミシェル
フーコー, ミッシェル
福柯 1926-1984
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