Gutting, Gary. Foucault: a very short introduction / Gary Gutting. p. cm.—(A very short introduction). Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Foucault. Foucault has ratings and 68 reviews. Ahmad said: Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #), Gary GuttingPaul-Michel Foucau. Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Ideally suited for the Very Short Introductions series, Gary Gutting.

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It changed my life. Perhaps we could soon say that people living with the terror of not having a fixed identity are the new marginalised. I don’t know how an easy to understand version of an author can be more boring than the original author, but this book is. Ideally suited for the Very Short Introductions series, Fooucault Gutting presents a comprehensive but non-systematic treatment of some highlights of Foucault’s life and thought.

What other book might you compare Foucault: Apr 02, David Corvine rated it it was amazing. One of the best VSI’s I have read.

The Logical Must Penelope Maddy. Legal System and Practice. Gutting, though dry, is very clear and jntroduction a very good introduction to Foucault.

Worked well as a refresher course, but requires considerable familiarity with modern and postmodern philosophy and thinking. Concise and straightforward in a way that one can only wish all these kind of things were. Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase.

The Epistemology of Suspicion Always resisting categories, obfuscating himself – decoding the writings of Foucault is obviously a tough challenge. Gave a good overview without repetition. He even managed to write a best seller in Shot on a book dedicated to the history of systems of thought.

Here, Gary Gutting presents a comprehensive but non-systematic treatment of some highlights of Foucault’s life and thought. Nothing that wikipedia can’t help you out on though. Christopher Butler Narrated by: I don’t know much about Foucault.

In this case, the fundamental comparison is with the Christian view of sexuality. In general Foucault work is amazing in a great series And this volume of it about Foucault is very good in the sense that it’s been able to approach a complex thinker and “philosopher” as Foucault and highlighted the main entrances to his thoughts and works smoothly and in a good way that appealed even to non familiar readers of Foucault like myself.


No trivia or quizzes yet. From aesthetics to the penal system; from madness and civilisation to avant-garde literature, Foucault was ha Foucault is one of those rare philosophers gagy has become a cult figure.

History of Western Philosophy. Nonetheless it definitely was a good gymnastic of my mind. Critical Theory emerged in the s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose – and, if at all possible, cure – the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism.

Gary Gutting Narrated by: This VSI highlights Foucault’s life and thought, introduchion his impact on today’s society. View all 8 comments. His writings when exploring the thoughts of other authors are exercises in wringing the very language, the authors and the readers – designed to unleash from language new transgressive truths that will take him and his readers beyond the realm of their knowledge and capacity of expression.

All-in-all a rather good book–even for the reader who’s read a few of Foucault’s guting. It is clearly written, concise, with good examples, no jargon, and a personal and thoughtful introduction that covers all the major bases. Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, “essential” notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler starts by questioning the category “woman” and continues in this vein with examinations of “the masculine” and “the feminine.

It’s a nice primer before reading Foucault’s text.

Foucault: A Very Short Introduction – Gary Gutting – Oxford University Press

Want to Read saving…. Feb 07, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: I won’t deny that on certain occasion on fouczult book I was confused with some ideas of Foucault and its critique so gzry I need further looking into it.

I did not feel a strong colored value from the author in his description of Foucault’s work. Hegel — was one of the most important and sophisticated modern thinkers, but only now are his substantial contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, political philosophy, bary, philosophy of history, and philosophy of religion gaining the recognition they deserve. At any rate, this book is very good, brief, but balanced — and an excellent and clear introduction to the work of a very difficult writer.

I very much doubt if now, in my doddering old age — after spending literally decades reading Plato with a fine tooth’d comb — that I’m likely to be introduchion attracted to deconstruction, post-structuralism, post-modernism, post-etceteras — whose fundamental epistemological claims are thoroughly refuted there’s nothing new under the sun — in philosophy, at least — as Whitehead said by a careful examination of the Theaetetus and the Sophist.


I imagine the actual book much better.

People who bought this also bought I saw my own thinking on the tension between history and truth, which is being gradually relieved by contemplating on self. Born in in France, over the course of his life he dabbled in drugs, politics, and the Paris SM scene, all whilst striving to understand the deep concepts of identity, knowledge, and power.

Volume 1 appeared in German inand the two subsequent volumes appeared at later dates after the author’s death – completed from extensive notes left by Marx himself. From aesthetics to the penal system, and from madness and civilization to avant-garde literature, Foucault was happy to reject old models of thinking and replace them with fresh versions that are still being debated today.

The great thing about this VSI is that it offers a sys This, to me, seems like an excellent introduction to Foucault, especially for somebody who knows nothing about him except for that he can be described as a ‘continental philosopher’. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Foucault: A Very Short Introduction

If you are more interested in the ideas of Foucault than Foucault himself as he probably would’ve This was an excellent introduction to the philosopher Foucault as well as the more general ideas of his philosophies and works. A Foucaultian genealogy, then, is a historical causal explanation that is material, multiple, and corporeal.

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Halperin – – Oxford University Press. Refresh and try again. Though it’s a very good book, this is one of the more convoluted of the very short introduction serious. Later chapters regarding his works on sexuality and prison were more accessible then earlier ones.