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Confessions of the Flesh Reviews

Confessions of the Flesh by Robert Hurley, Michel Foucault

The History of Sexuality: 4: Confessions of the Flesh

Robert Hurley, Michel Foucault

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Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 11 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9780241389584

The final major work by one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century Foucault's History of Sexuality changed the way we think about power, selfhood and sexuality forever.

3 stars out of 5
28 Mar 2021

"The philosopher’s lively private life colours this fourth instalment of his study of sex"

The appeal of that has been much revived in the past year. Bernard-Henri Lévy’s quickie, The Virus in the Age of Madness, began with the chapter Come Back, Michel Foucault, We Need You. The extraordinary pertinence of Foucault’s description of the quarantining of a plague-stricken town in the 17th century in Discipline and Punish has not escaped any of his readers. Dozens of academic papers have already appeared darkly observing the latest manifestations of “biopower”and “biopolitics”, his terms for the state taking charge of entire populations at the level of our very bodies and lives. The Foucault-influenced Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has even proclaimed the virus to be invented, an excuse for “techno-medical despotism”. The virus, though, does not read Michel Foucault.

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