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Foucault and the Writing of History

J Goldstein (Ed)

Foucault and the Writing of History

J Goldstein (Ed)

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Although Michel Foucault trained as a philosopher, his writings were almost entirely in the domain of history* fields he sought to combine and, in every sense, to de-discipline. Yet Foucault's readers have consistently singled out his philosophy for intensive discussion. This volume addresses his influence and the potential of his work in the understanding and the writing of history. Scholars from the United States, France and Italy, including historians, sociologists, an anthropologist and a philosopher, cover the full complement of Foucault's writing - on eros and the family in classical antiquity, the constitution of the self, the history of science and sexuality, and the origins of the liberal state.;But, true to its subject, this book does not conceive of history divorced from philosophy* it explores how Foucault's understanding of the past relates to his ideas of truth, ethics, knowledge and action, and seeks above all to explain and to assess the subversive and liberating value of, and the possible distortions inherent in, Foucault's notion of genealogy, his substitute for history in its traditional guise. The authors examine and explicate Foucault's writings, and apply them to the interpretation of different cultures - to the nature, for instance, of desire and sexual identity in late antiquity - and of events, to adopting a Foucauldian perspective to arrive at radically different interpretations of the French Revolution. Others question Foucault's factual selectivity or economy with the truth - in relation, for example, to homosexuality among the Romans.

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Although Michel Foucault trained as a philosopher, his writings were almost entirely in the domain of history* fields he sought to combine and, in every sense, to de-discipline. Yet Foucault's readers have consistently singled out his philosophy for intensive discussion. This volume addresses his influence and the potential of his work in the understanding and the writing of history. Scholars from the United States, France and Italy, including historians, sociologists, an anthropologist and a philosopher, cover the full complement of Foucault's writing - on eros and the family in classical antiquity, the constitution of the self, the history of science and sexuality, and the origins of the liberal state.;But, true to its subject, this book does not conceive of history divorced from philosophy* it explores how Foucault's understanding of the past relates to his ideas of truth, ethics, knowledge and action, and seeks above all to explain and to assess the subversive and liberating value of, and the possible distortions inherent in, Foucault's notion of genealogy, his substitute for history in its traditional guise. The authors examine and explicate Foucault's writings, and apply them to the interpretation of different cultures - to the nature, for instance, of desire and sexual identity in late antiquity - and of events, to adopting a Foucauldian perspective to arrive at radically different interpretations of the French Revolution. Others question Foucault's factual selectivity or economy with the truth - in relation, for example, to homosexuality among the Romans.
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Table Of Contents

  • 1. A Foucauldian French Revolution, Keith Baker (stanford University) 2.
  • Problematization As A Mode Of Reading History, Robert Castel 3. The
  • Chimera Of The Origin: Archaeology, Cultural History And The French
  • Revolution (ecole Des Hautes Etudes En Science Sociales, France) 4.
  • Foucault, The History Of Ethics And Ancient Thought, Arnold Davidson
  • (university Of Chicago) 5. The History Of Medicine According To Foucault
  • (cite Universitaire) 6. Combined Interdevelopment: Discipline And The Law
  • In Imperial And Soviet Russia, Laura Engelstein (princeton University) 7.
  • Foucault And The Post-revolutionary Self, Jan Goldstein (university Of
  • Chicago) 8. Historicizing The Subject Of Desire, David Halperin (mit) 9.
  • Kant, Foucault And Three Women, Carla Hesse (university Of California) 10.
  • Onanism, Sociability And The Imagination, Thomas Laquer (university Of
  • California) 11. Love And Reproductive Biology In "fin-de-siecle" France:
  • A Foucauldian Lacuna, Robert Nye (university Of Oklahoma) 12. Governing
  • Poverty: The Social Question In France, Giovanni Procacci 13. Assymetry In
  • The Stylistics Of Roman Marriage, Richard Saller (university Of Chicago)
  • 14. Foucault And The Freudian Subject, John Toews (university Of
  • Washington).

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 79960
  • Product Code 0631170081
  • EAN 9780631170082
  • Pages 322
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Blackwell Publishing
  • Publication Date May 1994
  • Dimensions 2284 x 1555 x 180 mm
  • Weight 0.446kg

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