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Foucault: Philosophy in an Hour | [Paul Strathern]

Foucault: Philosophy in an Hour

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.
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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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    "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.

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