Foucault Live: (interviews, 1966-84)

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Autonomedia, 1989 - Interviews - 336 pages
Currently in its fourth printing, "Foucault Live" is the most accessible and exhaustive introduction to Foucault's thought to date. Composed of every extant interview made by Foucault from the mid-60s until his death in 1984, "Foucault Live" sheds new light on the philosopher's ideas about friendship, the intent behind his classical studies, while clarifying many of the professional and popular misinterpretations of his ideas over the course of his career. As Gilles Deleuze noted, "the interviews in this book go much further than anything Foucault ever wrote, and they are indispensable in understanding his life work." Most notably, "Foucault Live" includes interviews he made with the gay underground press during his stays in America during the 1970s. In them, Foucault suggests that homosexuality presents a new paradigm for ways of living beyond the predictable, binary couple. All of the philosopher's interests, from madness and delinquency to film and sexuality, and their resultant writings, are probed by knowledgeable critics and journalists. After reading this book, the reader can explore key notions such as "episteme," "savoir" and "connaissance," archeology, and "archive," without the knitted brow that plagued Foucault's public when he was alive. This is the guide to Foucault's life as an agent provocateur in the world of philosophy and scholarship.

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Contents

The Order of Things
1
The Discourse of History
11
Foucault Responds to Sartre
35
The Archeology of Knowledge
45
The Birth of a World
57
Rituals of Exclusion
63
An Historian of Culture
73
Film and Popular Memory
89
The Anxiety of Judging
157
Clarifications on the Question of Power
179
The Masked Philosopher
193
Friendship as a Way of Life
203
Sexual Choice Sexual Act
211
How Much Does it Cost to Tell the Truth?
233
An Ethics of Pleasure
257
What Calls for Punishment?
279

Sorcery and Madness
107
On Literature 113
114
The Politics of Soviet Crime
121
I Pierre Rivière
131
The End of the Monarchy of Sex
137
The Concern for Truth
293
An Aesthetics of Existence
309
The Return of Morality
317
References and Acknowledgements
333
Copyright

About the author (1989)

Michel Foucault was born on October 15, 1926, in Poitiers, France, and was educated at the Sorbonne, in Paris. He taught at colleges all across Europe, including the Universities of Lill, Uppsala, Hamburg, and Warsaw, before returning to France. There he taught at the University of Paris and the College of France, where he served as the chairman of History of Systems of Thought until his death. Regarded as one of the great French thinkers of the twentieth century, Foucault's interest was in the human sciences, areas such as psychiatry, language, literature, and intellectual history. He made significant contributions not just to the fields themselves, but to the way these areas are studied, and is particularly known for his work on the development of twentieth-century attitudes toward knowledge, sexuality, illness, and madness. Foucault's initial study of these subjects used an archaeological method, which involved sifting through seemingly unrelated scholarly minutia of a certain time period in order to reconstruct, analyze, and classify the age according to the types of knowledge that were possible during that time. This approach was used in Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, for which Foucault received a medal from France's Center of Scientific Research in 1961, The Birth of the Clinic, The Order of Things, and The Archaeology of Knowledge. Foucault also wrote Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Prison, a study of the ways that society's views of crime and punishment have developed, and The History of Sexuality, which was intended to be a six-volume series. Before he could begin the final two volumes, however, Foucault died of a neurological disorder in 1984.

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