The History of Sexuality

Author: Michel Foucault

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307819284

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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Michel Foucault offers an iconoclastic exploration of why we feel compelled to continually analyze and discuss sex, and of the social and mental mechanisms of power that cause us to direct the questions of what we are to what our sexuality is.
The History of Sexuality: 3

Author: Michel Foucault

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141991368

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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'Bristles with provocative insights into the tangled liaisons of sex and self' Times Higher Education In the third volume of his acclaimed examination of sexuality in modern Western society, Foucault investigates the Golden Age of Rome to reveal a decisive break from the classical Greek version of sexual pleasure. Exploring the moral reflections of philosophers and physicians of the era, he identifies a growing anxiety over sexual activity and its consequences. At the core of this transformation Foucault found the principles of the 'care of the self': the belief that the self is an object of knowledge to be cultivated over time, and the implications this has for ethics and behaviour. 'Magnificent ... Foucault's great achievement is to illuminate an entire and cohesive body of thought. It is brilliantly done' Daily Telegraph
The History of Sexuality, Vol. 3

Author: Michel Foucault

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307819260

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Michel Foucault takes us into the first two centuries of our own era, into the Golden Age of Rome, to reveal a subtle but decisive break from the classical Greek vision of sexual pleasure. He skillfully explores the whole corpus of moral reflection among philosophers (Plutarch, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca) and physicians of the era, and uncovers an increasing mistrust of pleasure and growing anxiety over sexual activity and its consequences.
History of Sexuality

Author: Rachele Dini

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781351352307

Category: Social Science

Page: 112

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Michel Foucault is famous as one of the 20th-century’s most innovative and wide-ranging thinkers. The qualities that made him one of the most-read and influential theorists of the modern age find full expression in History of Sexuality, the last project Foucault was able to complete before his death in 1984. Central to Foucault’s appeal is the creativity of his thought. Creative thinking takes many forms – from redefining an issue in a novel way to making unexpected and illuminating connections. Foucault’s particular talent could perhaps best be described as turning questions inside out. In the case of sexuality, for instance, his interpretation of the historical evidence led him to argue that the sexual categories that we are used to (homosexual, lesbian, straight, and so on) are not “natural,” but constructs that are products of the ways in which power and knowledge interact in society. Such categories, Foucault continues, actually serve to produce the desires they seek to name. And their creation, in turn, is closely linked to the power that society exerts on those who belong to different sexual groups. Foucault’s ideas – familiar now – were so novel in their time that they proved highly challenging. But to see the world through Foucault’s thought is to see it in a profoundly different and illuminating way – an example of creative thinking at its best.
After The History of Sexuality

Author: Scott Spector

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9780857453747

Category: History

Page: 318

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Michel Foucault's seminal The History of Sexuality (1976–1984) has since its publication provided a context for the emergence of critical historical studies of sexuality. This collection reassesses the state of the historiography on sexuality-a field in which the German case has been traditionally central. In many diverse ways, the Foucauldian intervention has governed the formation of questions in the field as well as the assumptions about how some of these questions should be answered. It can be argued, however, that some of these revolutionary insights have ossified into dogmas or truisms within the field. Yet, as these contributions meticulously reveal, those very truisms, when revisited with a fresh eye, can lead to new, unexpected insights into the history of sexuality, necessitating a return to and reinterpretation of Foucault's richly complex work. This volume will be necessary reading for students of historical sexuality as well as for those readers in German history and German studies generally who have an interest in the history of sexuality.
The History of Sexuality: 2

Author: Michel Foucault

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141991351

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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'No brief survey can do justice to the richness, complexity and detail of Foucault's discussion' New York Review of Books The second volume of Michel Foucault's pioneering analysis of the changing nature of desire explores how sexuality was perceived in classical Greek culture. From the stranger byways of Greek medicine (with its advice on the healthiest season for sex, as well as exercise and diet) to the role of women, The Use of Pleasure is full of extraordinary insights into the differences - and the continuities - between the Ancient, Christian and Modern worlds, showing how sex became a moral issue in the west. 'Required reading for those who cling to stereotyped ideas about our difference from the Greeks in terms of pagan license versus Christian austerity' Los Angeles Times Book Review
Summary of Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 9781669376002

Category: Philosophy

Page: 21

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The Victorian era was a time of sexual repression, and the image of the imperial prude is emblazoned on our restrained, mute, and hypocritical sexuality. The Victorian regime supported a Victorian regime. #2 Repression is the characteristic feature of Victorian society, which distinguishes it from the prohibitions maintained by penal law. Repression is the practice of making something disappear by driving it out, denying it, and silence it. #3 We are told that modern sexual repression is the result of a long history of repression, dating back to the classical age. The history of sex is transposed into the history of the modes of production, and its minor aspect is ignored. #4 The speaker’s benefit of speaking about sex in terms of repression is that it allows them to transgress the law and speak about it, which gives them a sense of freedom.
The Emergence of Sexuality

Author: Arnold Ira Davidson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674013700

Category: Philosophy

Page: 254

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Moving between philosophy and history, Arnold Davidson elaborates a powerful new method for considering the history of concepts and the nature of scientific knowledge, a method he calls "historical epistemology." He applies this method to the history of sexuality.
The Routledge Guidebook to Foucault's The History of Sexuality

Author: Chloe Taylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317539063

Category: Philosophy

Page: 262

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Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality is one of the most influential philosophical works of the twentieth century and has been instrumental in shaping the study of Gender, Feminist Theory and Queer Theory. But Foucault’s writing can be a difficult book to grasp as Foucault assumes a familiarity with the intellectually dominant theories of his time which renders many passages obscure for newcomers to his work. The Routledge Guidebook to Foucault’s The History of Sexuality offers a clear and comprehensive guide to this groundbreaking work, examining: The historical context in which Foucault wrote A critical discussion of the text, which examines the relationship between The History of Sexuality, The Use of Pleasure and The Care of The Self The reception and ongoing influence of The History of Sexuality Offering a close reading of the text, this is essential reading for anyone studying this enormously influential work.