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Michel Foucault

Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics

Second Edition

This book, which Foucault himself has judged accurate, is the first to provide a sustained, coherent analysis of Foucault’s work as a whole.

To demonstrate the sense in which Foucault’s work is beyond structuralism and hermeneutics, the authors unfold a careful, analytical exposition of his oeuvre. They argue that during the of Foucault’s work became a sustained and largely successful effort to develop a new method—"interpretative analytics"—capable fo explaining both the logic of structuralism’s claim to be an objective science and the apparent validity of the hermeneutical counterclaim that the human sciences can proceed only by understanding the deepest meaning of the subject and his tradition.

"There are many new secondary sources [on Foucault]. None surpass the book by Hubert Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow. . . . The American paperback edition contains Foucault’s ’On the Genealogy of Ethics,’ a lucid interview that is now our best source for seeing how he construed the whole project of the history of sexuality."—David Hoy, London Review of Books

256 pages | 5.90 x 8.90 | © 1982, 1983

Philosophy: General Philosophy

Sociology: Theory and Sociology of Knowledge

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Part I: The Illusion of Autonomous Discourse
1. Practices and Discourse in Foucault’s Early Writings
The History of Madness
The Archaeology of Medicine
2. The Archaeology of the Human Sciences
The Rise of Representation in the Classical Age
Man and His Doubles: The Analytic of Finitude
The Empirical and the Transcendental
The Cogito and the Unthought
The Retreat and Return of the Origin
Conclusion to the Doubles
3. Towards a Theory of Discursive Practice
A Phenomenology to End All Phenomenologies
Beyond Structuralism: From Conditions of Possibility to Conditions of Existence
The Analysis of Discursive Formations
Enunciative Modalities
The Formation of Concepts
The Formation of Strategies
Historical Transformation: Disorder as a Type of Order
Discursive Strategies and the Social Background
4. The Methodological Failure of Archaeology
Explanatory Power
Beyond Seriousness and Meaning
Conclusion: Double Trouble
Part II: The Genealogy of the Modern Individual: The Interpretive Analytics of Power, Truth, and the Body
5. Interpretive Analytics
History of the Present and Interpretive Analytics
6. From the Repressive Hypothesis to Bio-Power
The Repressive Hypothesis
7. The Genealogy of the Modern Individual as Object
Three Figures of Punishment
Sovereign Torture
Humanist Reform
Normalizing Detention
Disciplinary Technology
The Objectifying Social Sciences
8. The Genealogy of the Modern Individual as Subject
Sex and Bio-Power
Confessional Technology
The Subjectifying Social Sciences
9. Power and Truth
Meticulous Rituals of Power
Paradigms and Practices
Power and Truth
Afterword by Michael Foucault:
The Subject and Power
Why Study Power: The Question of the Subject
How Is Power Exercised?
Afterword (1983)
1. On the Genealogy of Ethics: An Overview of Work in Progress
History of the Project
Why the Ancient World Was Not a Golden Age, but What We Can Learn from It Anyway
The Structure of Genealogical Interpretation
From the Classical Self to the Modern Subject
2. Foucault’s Interpretive Analytic of Ethics
Methodological Refinements
Interpretive Diagnosis
Norms, Reasons, and Bio-Power
Beyond Foucault

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