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Foucault against Himself

Foucault against Himself

Edited by Francois Caillat
Translated by David Homel
Categories: LGBTQ+, Gay Literature, Social Issues, Biography & Memoir
Paperback : 9781551526027, 152 pages, 2015
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A thought-provoking collection of essays on Michel Foucault that reframes his legacy.

In his private life, as well as in his work and political attitudes, Michel Foucault often stood in contradiction to himself, especially when his expansive ideas collided with the institutions in which he worked. In Francois Caillat's provocative collection of essays and interviews based on his French documentary of the same name, leading contemporary critics and philosophers reframe Foucault's legacy in an effort to build new ways of thinking about his struggle against society's mechanisms of domination, demonstrating how conflict within the self lies at the heart of Foucault's life and work.

Includes a foreword written specially for this edition by Paul Rabinow, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California (Berkeley) and an influential writer on the works of Foucault; he is the co-editor of The Essential Foucault.

Foucault against Himself features essays and interviews by

Leo Bersani, American Professor Emeritus of French at the University of California (Berkeley) and the author of Homos

Georges Didi-Huberman, French philosopher and art historian; his most recent book is Gerhard Richter: Pictures/Series

Arlette Farge, French historian and the author of The Allure of the Archives

Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, French philosopher and the author of La derniere lecon de Michel Foucault


Michel Foucault is one of the great exemplars of an intellectual never content to rest with the resolutions at which he arrives from one moment to the next. He charts a discernable path from start to finish, but a path that regularly folds back on itself, corrects its wrong turns and takes new substantive directions as the quest for a continuous transformation of himself through his work compels him to do. Foucault against himself: if we heed his precedent, we might avoid falling into the hollow and blind abyss into which the intellectually complacent almost always fall. -Prof. James D. Faubion, Rice University and editor of Foucault Now

- Jim Faubion

An excellent introduction to [Foucault's] thinking because readers are guided through it by individuals who speak in a conversational and direct way about how Foucault's life informed his work . .. Foucault against Himself presents an engaging portrait of the man and his overall refusal to be pinned down to any one category, whether professional or personal. -Gay & Lesbian Review

- Gay & Lesbian Review