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Gutting, Gary. Foucault: a very short introduction / Gary Gutting. p. cm.—(A very short introduction). Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Foucault. Foucault has ratings and 68 reviews. Ahmad said: Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #), Gary GuttingPaul-Michel Foucau. Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Ideally suited for the Very Short Introductions series, Gary Gutting.

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Foucault: A Very Short Introduction

I would be grateful if experienced Foucault readers could help me out on this. Really gripping too, and now I really want to read Foucault’s actual work, especially his histories of sexuality, madness, and crime and punishment. A good way to know what else to read from his work. He conceives this history as having three main aspects: Catherine Belsey Narrated by: Legal System and Practice.

He discusses the ideas and approaches of philosophers such as Introduuction, Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Habermas, Foucault, and Derrida, and introduces key concepts such as existentialism, nihilism, and phenomenology by explaining their place in the Continental tradition.

Madness was opposed to reason, but as an alternative mode of human existence, not a simple rejection of it. Fleming – – Nursing Inquiry 15 4: Nothing that wikipedia can’t help you out on though. These kind of initial insights are invaluable as an introduction to a thinker whose work is not easily penetrated, particularly for a student. Born in in France, over the course of his life he dabbled in drugs, politics, and the Paris SM scene, all whilst striving to understand shott deep concepts of identity, knowledge, and power.


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Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Did the narration match the pace of the story?

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As a result, we are controlled not only as objects of Power, by experts that have expert Knowledge of us – we are also controlled as self-scrutinizing and self-forming subjects of our own Knowledge. This quite technical introduction to Foucault is thorough and engaging. One of the best VSI’s I have read.

Guttung Le Page Length: It I don’t know much about Foucault.

And even then a lot didn’t really sink in. Oct 25, AC rated it it was amazing Shelves: References and further reading. Fourcault’s ideas are tied up in the history of Foucault the man, which is very appropriate for this kind of book.

He was a white male bourgeois French intellectual, surrounded by others of the same kind.

Consequently, madness even if disdained or abhorred was a meaningful challenge to reason. Noah Michael Levine Length: No keywords specified fix it.


I guess I’m doomed to forever read introductions to his work if I am to have an inkling of what he is talking about. Arts and Introdudtion Archaeology.

I imagine the actual book much better.

Foucault: A Very Short Introduction – Very Short Introductions

We will not be so much interested in, say, Hume or Darwin as in what made Hume or Darwin possible. It is clearly written, concise, with good examples, no jargon, and a personal and thoughtful introduction that covers all the major bases. History of Western Philosophy.

View all 12 comments. It is light on the theory, but gives you some excellent jumping off places if you would like to begin to go down that rabbit hole. It really defies the point of this series.

Perhaps understandably, I was reluctant to pick up another title, but reading that Gutting’s is one of the best in the series and desiring a decent foufault of Foucault, I gave them another try. Jun 13, Elen rated it liked it. PaperbackVery Short Introductionspages.

I was pleasantly surprised with the depth and coverage of wide aspects of Foucault.