Foucault in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series)

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In Foucault in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Foucaults life and ideas, and explains their influence on mans struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Foucaults writings; a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Foucault within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

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Paul Strathern is author of the popular and critically acclaimed Philosophers in 90 Minutes series. Highlights from the series include Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Aristotle in 90 Minutes, and Plato in 90 Minutes. Mr. Strathern has lectured in philosophy and mathematics and now lives and writes in London. A former Somerset Maugham prize winner, he is also the author of books on history and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in a great many newspapers, including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. His own degree in philosophy came from Trinity College, Dublin.

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London-based writer Strathern (Berkeley in 90 Minutes) offers a painless tongue-in-cheek introduction to French theorist Michel Foucault. Though ostensibly devoted to Foucault's life and works, this slender volume concentrates on his biography rather than his ideas, for Strathern is more adept at giving readers a feel for the ambiance of Left Bank cafes and filling them in on Foucault's relationship with composer Jean Barraque than, say, investigating his work on the history of sexuality. Did you know that, when Foucault taught in Sweden, most of his students were female? Or that, at 30, he drove a Jaguar and his hair began to thin? That he favored tartan suits and was an accomplished cook? Strathern offers an adequate summary of Foucault's work on the penal system, and his thumbnail sketch of Foucault's Madness and Civilization is mercifully oversimplified. Happily, there is almost no discussion of Foucault's enormous influence in philosophy, literary criticism, linguistics, history, and sociology.Readers will come away with enough fascinating vignettes to get them through two or three cocktail parties--which is probably more than most of them will require. -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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