Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1974-1975

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Macmillan, 2003 - 374 páginas
"Abnormal is the second volume of this series. Based on lectures given in 1974-1975 -- the period when Foucault was working on Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison and the first volume of the History of Sexuality -- they reveal Foucault's ongoing investigation into the "network of power and knowledge" constituted by discipline, normalization, and biopolitics. He argues that the three figures of the human monster, the individual to be corrected, and the onanist were brought together under the domain of the abnormal at the beginning of the nineteenth century, linking deformity, delinquency, and sexual deviancy. Rather than being purely coercive and violent, however, power, Foucault argues, must also be conceived of as productive: a power that is linked to positive techniques of intervention, transformation, and fabrication. He also traces a shift here from judicial inquiry of actions and relationships to an "examination" of the body and its desires. "The body and its pleasures, rather than the required form for legitimate union become, as it were, the code of the carnal." As Davidson emphasizes in his introduction to this volume, Abnormal "adds yet another layer to the virtually inexhaustible fields of study that Foucault's work has bequeathed to us." Indeed, every course at the College de France contributes immeasurably to our understanding and appreciation of the most important works of one of our greatest contemporary thinkers. These lectures also stand on their own as incomparable performances of intellectual daring, imagination, and insight. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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JANUARY 1975
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JANUARY 1975
31
JANUARY 1975
55
JANUARY 1975
81
FEBRUARY 1975
109
FEBRUARY 1975
137
FEBRUARY 1975
167
FEBRUARY 1975
201
MARCH 1975
231
MARCH 1975
263
MARCH 1975
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Course Summary
323
Index of Notions and Concepts
357
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Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was acknowledged as the preeminent philosopher of France in the 1970s and 1980s, and continues to have enormous impact throughout the world in many disciplines. His books include The Government of Self and Others, The Courage of Truth, The Birth of Biopolitics, and The Punitive Society.

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