Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 24 Mar 2005
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Review from previous edition 'I can think of nobody in the English speaking world better placed to write a VSI on Foucault than Gary Gutting.' (Simon Critchley (Essex University), author of A Very Short Introduction to Continental Philosophy, on the proposal)
'A first-rate introduction to the work of this difficult thinker, which navigates the complexity of his thought with confidence and clarity' (Professor Todd May, Clemson University, South Carolina)
About the Author
Gary Gutting is considered a leading expert on Foucault. Currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Gutting has published several works on Foucault, including French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century (CUP, 2001); Michel Foucault's Archaeology of Scientific Reason (CUP, 1989); and was the editor of he Cambridge Companion to Foucault (CUP, 1994).
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Of the numerous AVSI2 which I have read this one is by far the best. Professor Gutting takes a very complex and eclectic thinker like M.Foucault and in a very short temporal space sets out the the main influences that not only undergirded the Great Thinker, but which also became apparent later on as he moved through his three great stages: Archaeology, Genealogy, and Problematization.
Although this is not an easy read per se. (how could a book on a giant like M.Foucault be?) it does present a superb academic overview with a wealth of Literature embedded in the text. As a point of departure for a foray into M.Foucault's work, this really cannot be beaten.
I suggest a slow and careful read with a set of highlight pens, extract from the text the key ideas, some of the key influences, the key thinkers in the wings and then go back to those primary sources and follow up what inspires you to research the Great Man further.
As with most introductory texts, this is in no way sufficient to give someone a solid overview of Foucault's work, and I would recommend some other introductory texts (such as the Michel Foucault: Key Concepts book, edited by Dianne Taylor).
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Very useful book, just wished the font size in the book was just a bit larger, almost need a magnifying glass to read it!Published 3 months ago by Pak Yee Hung
Like all this series gives an excellent introduction to the subject. This was to aid a foundation course for University. The MP3 version on audible also purchased is excellentPublished 9 months ago by MPT
This is a review of the Audible audio version of this book - not the book itself. Would very much like to listen to this as I read the book a while ago and found it a useful... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
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