Foucault's History of Sexuality Volume I, the Will to Knowledge: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide

Foucault's History of Sexuality Volume I, the Will to Knowledge: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide

Foucault's History of Sexuality Volume I, the Will to Knowledge: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide

Foucault's History of Sexuality Volume I, the Will to Knowledge: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide

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A step-by-step guide to Foucault's History of Sexuality Volume I, The Will to Knowledge In the first volume of his History of Sexuality, The Will to Knowledge, Foucault weaves together the most influential theoretical account of sexuality since Freud. Mark Kelly systematically unpacks the intricacies of Foucault's dense and sometimes confusing exposition, in a straightforward way, putting it in its historical and theoretical context.This is both a guide for the reader new to the text and one that offers new insights to those already familiar with Foucault's work.

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