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.
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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. S. Conio