Philosophy for busy people. Listen to 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.
This audiobook is an expert account of Foucault’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and is above all easy listening. 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.
©2013 Paul Strathern (P)2013 HarperCollins
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People who have an innate distaste for post-structuralism and an inner conservatism will enjoy this work. As will people who think that a text can be illuminated by preceding 30 minutes of biographical tittle tattle. Something completely at odds with Foucault's method.
been less dismissive of Foucault's immense contribution to the history of thought. Strathern plays lip service to but does really understand how much Foucault's work challenges Stratherns own implicit assumptions.
Keeble manages to relay Strathern's pomposity rather well.
Strathern's withering put downs and outright dismissal of key ideas are not helpful to the newcomer to Foucault's ideas. Much more sympathetic accounts are available.
"A useful way to learn about Foucault"
I found it very useful to hear about Foucault within the context of his own life, as this made a lot more of his philosophy make sense and stick with me. Learning about the chronology and bacjground of his life is also the very way Foucault thought ideas should be understoof, so it's very fitting!
I liked the author's style in that he expressed both a lot of respect for Foucault's ideas, but also wasn't afraid to present some of the pitfalls of them. I think he was very respectful even within his criticism, so it was easy to form my own opinions of his work without feeling too over-influenced by the author's views.
Enjoyable and interesting biography of Foucault. Useful to hear insights into his life and work.
"An interesting introduction."
Well narrated and moves on quickly. Would be nice to have a bit more details on his thought and a bit less biography but does what it says on the tin... Philosophy in an hour (and a half...)
I would recommend this title to anyone interested in developing an understanding key thinkers and ideas to determine how best to continue an effective research journey.
The book is a useful balance between biographical detail and key theory, therefore providing context for the ideas developed.
"Good Starter text"
A little confusing as to if something was his or another's idea due to reading exactly the words on the page ... it would be more clear in the book i think. good though I would have prefered more theory and less biography.
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