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Foucault and The Writing of History

Jan Goldstein (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-17008-2
322 pages
July 1994, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume is the first to address Foucault's influence and the potential of his work in the understanding and the writing of history. It does so critically and accessibly.
Scholars from the United States, France and Italy, including historians, sociologists, an anthropogist and a philosopher, range over Foucault's writing - on love and the family in classical antiquity, the constitution of the self, the history of science and sexuality, to the origins of the liberal state. But, true to its subject, this book does not conceive of history divorced from philosophy: it explores how Foucault's understanding of the past relates to his ideas of truth, ethics, knowledge and action. All-in-all, the book offers a series of mind-opening perspectives on Foucault's work, on the past, and on the present.
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1. A Foucauldian French Revolution: Keith Baker (Stanford University) 2. Problematization as a Mode of Reading History: Robert Castel 3. The Chimera of the Origin: Archaeology, Cultural History, and the French Revolution: Roger Chartier (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, France) 4. Foucault, the History of Ethics and Ancient Thought: Arnold Davidson (University of Chicago) 5. The History of Medicine According to Foucault; Francois Delaparte (Cite Universitaire) 6. Combined Inderdevelopment: Discipline and the Law in Imperial and Soviet Russia: Laura Engelstein (Princeton University) 7. Foucault and the Post Revolutionary Self: Jan Goldstein (University of Chicago) 8. Historicizing the Subject of Desire: David Halperin (MIT) 9. Kant Foucault and Three Women: Carla Hesse (University of California) 10. Onanism, Sociability and the Imagination: Thomas Laquer (University of California) 11. Love and Reproductive Biology in fin-de-siecle France A Foucauldian Lacuna: Robert Nye (University of Oklahoma) 12. Governing Poverty: The Social Question in France: Giovanni Procacci 13. Assymetry in the Stylistics of Roman Marriage: Richard Saller (University of Chicago) 14. Foucault and the Freudian Subject: John Toews (University of Washington)
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Jan Goldstein is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Chicago where she is also a member of the committee on the conceptual foundations of science.
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* This is the first book to assess Foucault's importance for the understanding and writing of history.
* It ranges across the entire spectrum of Foucault's work - antiquity, genealogies of culture, the self and subject, madness, the state and sexuality.
* This is the first book to assess Foucault's importance for the understanding and writing of history.
* It ranges across the entire spectrum of Foucault's work - antiquity, genealogies of culture, the self and subject, madness, the state and sexuality.
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"This book cuts a set of trails through Foucault and History, and mostly on European terrain; but there are other paths. It offers some new and important perspectives on Foucault's tangled relationship with his historical materials, and is also valuable because it sketches some of the cutting-edge debates and tensions in the discipline of history." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
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