Understanding Foucault: A critical introduction

Tony Schirato, Geoff Danaher, Jen WEBB

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An accessible and authoritative introduction to the thinking of the important French philosopher Michel Foucault. This second edition covers his full body of work, including the lectures and other works translated recently. 'An outstandingly good introduction to Foucault's work: lucid, measured, well organised, and covering this complex and in many ways heterogeneous body of work with remarkable thoroughness and ease.' -Professor John Frow, University of Melbourne. Michel Foucault is now regarded as one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. He is known for his sensibility of critique and his commitment to movements for social change. His analysis of the ways our notions of truth, meaning, knowledge and reason are shaped by historical forces continues to influence thinkers around the world. Understanding Foucault offers a comprehensive introduction to Foucault's work. The authors examine Foucault's thinking in the context of the philosophies he engaged with during his career, and the events he participated in, including the student protests of 1968. A unique feature of the book is its consideration of the recently published lectures and minor works, and the authors show how these illuminate and extend our understanding of Foucault's major books. Understanding Foucault provides an accessible entree to the world of this extraordinary and challenging philosopher
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Number of pages208
Edition2nd, fully amended
ISBN (Print)9781446252352
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2012

Publication series

NameUnderstanding Contemporary Culture series
PublisherSage Publishing


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