Lectures on the Will to Know

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-06-04
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Available in English for the first time, the ninth volume in Foucault's groundbreaking series of lectures gets to the heart of his views on truthThe 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 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.

Author Biography

Michel Foucault, (b. 1926; d. 1984) acknowledged as the preeminent philosopher of France in the 1970s and 1980s, continues to have enormous impact throughout the world in many disciplines.

Arnold I. Davidson is the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, US and professor of the History of Political Philosophy at the University of Pisa, Italy. 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword: François Ewald and Alessandro Fontana
Translator's Note
1. 9 December 1970
2. 16 December 1970
3. 6 January 1971
4. 13 January 1971
5. 27 January 1971
6. 3 February 1971
7. 10 February 1971
8. 17 February 1971
9. 24 February 1971
10. 3 March 1971
11. 10 March 1971
12. 17 March 1971
13. Lecture On Nietzsche
Course summary
Oedipal Knowledge
Course context
Index of notions
Index of names

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