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The History of Sexuality

Volume 1: The Will to Knowledge

Michel Foucault



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03 September 2020
The first volume of Foucault's pioneering analysis of sexuality and power relations, now reissued in Penguin Modern Classics We talk about sex more and more, but are we more liberated?

The first part of Michel Foucault's landmark account of our evolving attitudes in the west shows how the nineteenth century, far from suppressing sexuality, led to an explosion of discussion about sex as a separate sphere of life for study and examination. As a result, he argues, we are making a science of sex which is devoted to the analysis of desire rather than the increase of pleasure.
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   134g
ISBN:   9780241385982
ISBN 10:   0241385989
Series:   Penguin Modern Classics
Pages:   176
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michel Foucalt (1926-84) was one of the leading intellectuals of the twentieth century and the most prominent thinker in post-war France. Foucault's work influenced disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, philosophy, sociology and literary criticism.

Reviews for The History of Sexuality: Volume 1: The Will to Knowledge

Foucault is at his polemical best. He brilliantly succeeds in turning commonplaces on their heads -- Hayden White * The Times Literary Supplement * A brilliant display of fireworks, attacking the widespread and banal notion that 'in the beginning' sexual activity was guilt-free and delicious, being repressed and blighted only by the gloom of Victorianism -- Jasper Griffin * Spectator * A wealth of insights, original conceptualizations and provocative ideas -- Peter Oborne * Daily Telegraph *

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