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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The Poems of T. This was an excellent introduction to the philosopher Foucault as well as the more general ideas of his philosophies and works. Activist groups have also found his theories compelling.

Foucault: A Very Short Introduction by Gary Gutting

Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this very short introduction traces s key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Picking up Foucault’s Foudault Archaeology of Knowledge for the first time, one might wonder what they’ve struck, but this book makes clear that Foucault’s archaeological practice is closely related to Nietzsche’s geneology, though it relies on more evidence and less armchair speculation.

Solomon, The Great Courses Narrated by: In some arguments, I read a bit of expectation of political usefulness of some philosophical ideas, which I suspect is not from Foucault.

Foucault: A Very Short Introduction

If you are more gaty in the ideas of Foucault than Foucault himself as he probably would’ve been then you might want to look elsewhere. Michael Inwood’s lucid introduction to Heidegger’s thought focuses on his most important work, “Being and Time,” and its major themes of existence in the world, inauthenticity, guilt, destiny, truth, and the nature of time.

I would definitely recommend this book. This VSI highlights Foucault’s life and thought, showing his impact on today’s society. Men At War Christopher Coker. It also offers an overall trajectory and holistic sense of his writing. Gary Gutting University of Notre Dame. Gutting has given here a clear, concise and sympathetic outlining aa Foucault’s main ideas, placing them in historical context and not getting bogged down in huge tracts of detailed thinking where a light touch heightens the effect propitiously.


I won’t deny that on certain occasion on the book I was confused with some ideas of Foucault and its critique so that I need further looking into it. Publisher’s Summary Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Because of the complexity of his arguments, people trying to come to terms with his work have desperately sought introductory material that makes his theories clear and accessible for the beginner. Fiction and Narrative Derek Matravers. Figured getting some background and context on Foucault would be helpful, considering I don’t really get his references to philosophers.

Because he never succinctly stated his arguments, those trying to come to terms with Foucault’s work have desperately sought introductory material to make his theories clear and accessible for syort beginner. Consequently, madness even if disdained or abhorred was a meaningful challenge to reason.

Oct 31, Blake rated it really liked it Shelves: Whilst the author discusses such well-known figures as Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan, she also draws pertinent examples from literature, art, film. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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View all 6 comments. Jun 12, Henna rated it really liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? Foucault’s theories primarily address the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions.

Because introdyction the complexity of his arguments, people trying to come to terms with his work have desperately sought introductory material that makes his theories clear and accessible for the beginner. Hegel is regarded as one of the most influential figures on modern political and intellectual development.


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He even managed to write a best seller in France on a book dedicated to the history of systems of thought. One thing I was not able to establish from this excellent VSI was the order in which I should approach Foucault – is there a good starting point that gives a better understanding of the rest? His writings when exploring the thoughts of other authors are exercises in wringing the very language, the authors and the readers – designed to unleash from language new transgressive truths that will take him and his readers beyond the realm of their knowledge and capacity of expression.

Halperin – – Oxford University Press. Struggled a little with this one. InFrancis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups. More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene – with roots that extend to the midth century – Existentialism’s quest to answer these most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom, life has continued to exert a profound attraction.

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 the deep concepts of identity, knowledge, and power.