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Foucault: Philosophy in an Hour

Foucault: Philosophy in an Hour [Kindle Edition]

Paul Strathern
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Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Foucault in just one hour.

The French philosopher Michel Foucault set about his task rather like a historian. After painstaking research, he concluded that knowledge and power were intimately related throughout history. He illustrated this central idea of his philosophy through studies of madness, sexuality, and discipline and punishment, arguing that there is no such thing as absolute truth, only different truths about reality at particular moments – truths that fulfil the needs of power.

Here is a concise, expert account of Foucault’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Foucault’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Foucault in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 174 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress; ePub ed edition (7 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M4F1NS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Foucault Review 9 Mar 2013
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I have chose this rating because this product is very easy to read and provides a detailed insight into the life of Michel Foucault. This has helped me gain further understanding into Foucault's theoretical perspectives which has helped me greatly when writing assignments within Sociology. I would recommend this product to anyone who is interested in or studying Sociology or Philosophy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One Cheer for Foucault 6 Oct 2012
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I read three Philosophy in an Hour books - Derrida, Heidegger and Foucault. I'm reviewing each one separately but have remarks common to all of them which I have written at the start of my review of Heidegger: Philosophy in an Hour.

Out of Heidegger, Derrida and Foucault, I have to say Paul Strathern seems to take most kindly to Foucault. That isn't necessarily saying a lot - for Strathern Wittgenstein is always going to get the gold, silver and bronze in Twentieth Century Philosophy - but he is happier with someone who deals in "facts" rather than theories (which are crimes he feels Heidegger and Derrida fall foul of).

Perhaps Foucault isn't really serious enough for Strathern. His Foucault certainly puts in the hours reading his source material, but is too much given to style over substance and coming up with sweeping statements like the "death of man" to really be a proper thinker.

Although perhaps less dismissive of Foucault than Heidegger and Derrida, Strathern still makes it clear he isn't impressed with Foucault and ultimately doesn't seem able to find much to agree with - if Heidegger and Derrida each got an E-grade from Strathern, then Foucault probably gets a D-grade. You get the impression he is writing about Foucault because others have deemed him worth writing about - but if he is going to write about him, he may as well let you know all the things he thinks are wrong with him.

The trouble is that what Foucault was fascinated by - the relation of power and knowledge - is a hugely pressing issue for today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful introduction 14 Jan 2014
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For the price, this is a helpful introduction to the life and ideas of Foucault. I am not in a position to critique the work in depth as I'm new to Foucault - hence the purchase - but it seemed to me to highlight some of the strengths and limitations of some of his key ideas. Some details about the life of Foucault are woven into outlining the philosophy/ideas, giving the reader a good sense of who the person was. Whilst I feel I've only scratched the surface, I have found it much easier to understand and informative than other introductory/short/dummies guide to Foucault and certainly worth the two hours it took me to read it. I would imagine it is no easy task to outline complex ideas to the beginner, particularly for someone like myself who does not have a background in philosophy but this has managed to achieve that to a satisfactory degree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great introduction to Foucault 30 Sep 2013
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For someone who is dyslexic, it did take longer than an hour but usually I was able to read it in one go. It not only gave insight into his thinking but also into the man himself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good catch up 26 Dec 2012
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good read, perfect for catching up on an airplane, would give 5 stars but author leaves no mention of foucaults biopolitics
3.0 out of 5 stars An editorialized and biased review of Foucault's life and work. 9 Aug 2013
By Faisal R. Ahmad - Published on
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While the chronology of the events in Foucault's life are accurately presented and written in an entertaining fashion, the author tends to reveal strong judgements about Foucault's sexuality and intellect. The editorializing is a bit heavy and takes away from the impact of Foucault's thought and its influences on contemporary writing.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 6 Mar 2013
By Darren Mellowship - Published on
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Not bad. It is what the title says - Philosophy in an hour. Can't argue with the price, although it reads more like a brief biography than a synopsis of the philosophy.
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