Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault, 1926–84, French philosopher and historian. He was professor at the Collège de France (1970–84). He is renowned for historical studies that reveal the sometimes morally disturbing power relations inherent in social practices. Influenced by Nietzsche, he called these studies, such as Madness and Civilization (1961, tr. 1970), "genealogies." Foucault also analyzed systems of knowledge, i.e., individual disciplines in science, such as natural history and economics. He aimed through this "archeology" of knowledge to uncover the unconscious rules guiding such systems and thereby to understand their relations to one another. See his Archeology of Knowledge (1969, tr. 1972) and The Order of Things (1966, tr. 1970). In his last writings, including the History of Sexuality, vol. 2 (1984, tr. 1985), Foucault studied what he called "ethics," namely the self's relationship to itself.

See biography by D. Macey (1993); P. Rabinow, ed., Essential Works of Foucault, 1954–1988 (1997–); H. L. Dreyfus and P. Rabinow, Michel Foucault (1982); R. Michel, Foucault (1985); D. R. Shumway, Michel Foucault (1992); L. McNay, Foucault: A Critical Introduction (1994); C. G. Prado, Starting with Foucault: An Introduction to Genealogy (1995, repr. 2000); S. J. Hekman, ed., Feminist Interpretations of Michel Foucault (1996); C. Horroacks and Z. Jevtic, Introducing Foucault (1997); P. Barker, Michel Foucault: An Introduction (1998); A. L. Brown, On Foucault: A Critical Introduction (2000); G. Danaher et al., Understanding Foucault (2000); K. A. Robinson, Michel Foucault and the Freedom of Thought (2001); R. M. Strozier, Foucault, Subjectivity, and Identity (2001); P. Veyne, Foucault: His Thought, His Character (2010).

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Michel Foucault: Selected full-text books and articles

Understanding Foucault By Geoff Danaher; Tony Schirato; Jen Webb Allen & Unwin, 2000
Michel Foucault By Barry Smart Routledge, 2002 (Revised edition)
Michel Foucault By Sara Mills Routledge, 2003
Starting with Foucault: An Introduction to Genealogy By C. G. Prado Westview Press, 2000 (2nd edition)
Foucault's Archaeology: Science and Transformation By David Webb Edinburgh University Press, 2013
Foucault and Heidegger: Critical Encounters By Alan Milchman; Alan Rosenberg University of Minnesota Press, 2003
The Killing of History: How Literary Critics and Social Theorists Are Murdering Our Past By Keith Windschuttle Encounter Books, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Discourses of Michel Foucault: Poststructuralism and Anti-Humanism"
"A Case, an Affair, an Event" (the Dossier by Michel Foucault) By Chrostowska, S. D CLIO, Vol. 35, No. 3, Summer 2006
"My Body, This Paper, This Fire": The Fate of Emotion in Foucault's Kantian Legacy By Hengehold, Laura Philosophy Today, Vol. 47, January 1, 2003
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Foucault's Political Spirituality By McWhorter, Ladelle Philosophy Today, Vol. 47, January 1, 2003
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Foucault Contra Habermas: Enlightenment, Power, and Critique By Wong, Day Philosophy Today, Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring 2005
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Can Foucault Save Literary History? By Neubauer, John Intertexts, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 2002
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The Secret Subject: Michel Foucault, Death and the Labyrinth, and the Interview as Genre By Arnold, Whitney Criticism, Vol. 54, No. 4, Fall 2012
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