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Lectures on the Will to Know reminds us that Michel Foucault's work only ever had one object: truth. Here, he builds on his earlier work, Discipline and Punish, to explore the relationship between tragedy, conflict, and truth-telling. He also explores the different forms of truth-telling, and their relation to power and the law. The publication of Lectures on the Will to Know marks a milestone in Foucault's reception, and it will no longer be possible to read him in the same way as before.
MICHEL FOUCAULT (1926–1984) acknowledged as the preeminent philosopher of France in the 1970s and ’80s, continues to have enormous impact throughout the world in many disciplines. ARNOLD I. DAVIDSON is a professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Pisa. He is co-editor of the volume Michel Foucault: Philosophie. GRAHAM BURCHELL has written essays on Michel Foucault and is an editor of The Foucault Effect.