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Abnormal (Lectures at the Collège de France)

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Michel Foucault remains one of the towering intellectual figures of the last half century. Michel Foucault's works on sexuality, madness, the prison and medicine are classics and his example continues to challenge and inspire. The philosopher gave public lectures at the College de France from 1971 until his death in 1984 - these lectures were seminal events and created ben...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 10th 2003 by Verso Books (first published 1975)
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أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed

ماذا كان يقول هذا الخطاب (التاريخي-السياسي المقابل للخطاب الفلسفي-القانوني) ؟

أعتقد أنه كان يقول عكس ما تقول به النظرية الفلسفية-القانونية والتشريعية, وهو أنه لا تبدأ السلطة عندما تنتهي الحرب أو عندما تتوقف الحرب, وأن التنظيم والبنية التشريعية للسلطة والدولة والممالك والمجتمعات, ليس لها هذا المبدأ الذي يظهر عندما يتوقف ضجيج الأسلحة, الحرب ليست مؤامرة, بل "قابلة" أشرفت على مولد الدول والقانون والسلم والتشريعات , فلقد ولد القانون من الدم ووحل المعارك, ولا يجب أن نفهم من هذا أنها كانت معارك مثالية,...more
Michael Alexander
Probably useless until you've read "Discipline and Punish," but the digestible bites of lecture (this series essentially reproduces his actual course lectures) help make his thinking about power far more accessible. Since actually very few bits cross over from his books, you really get a whole thesis or two out of this course. For Abnormal, that's the idea that a psychiatric expert witness in a courtroom is a curious thing if you just look at the law: a shrink can't tell you whether Joe shot Bob...more
Some interesting ideas presented in the first chapter: 1) the construction of a penal system as a regime of universal truth, 2) the privileging of police and scientific statements w/in the courtroom, 3) role of doctor-judge (doctors & psychiatrist), 4) techniques of normalization to reform or cure individuals categorized as delinquent or abnormal, 5) how do these techniques enter the courtroom and the bodipolitic?

The second chapter focuses on the methods and conceptualizations that creates...more
Reading Foucault is a nice break from reading a lot of the other structuralists (I'm thinking of Lacan in particular) if for no other reason than that Foucault is less a philosopher than a historian (these mid- to later- works at least). There is a lot to deal with in this book. The scope is huge which is typical for Foucault, but I think perhaps even for Foucault, too wide-ranging. There are a lot of threads left dangling and by the end of the book, one has a sense that one has gleaned the mind...more
what interests me most with the rise of a dicourse on "abnormal individuals" is its having emanated in part from the production of the "individuals to be corrected" which Foucault sees as arising out of "techniques of training with their specific requirements." He goes on: "The 'incorrigible' appears in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries at the same time that disciplinary techniques are being established in the army, schools, workshops, and then, a little later, in families themselves. The...more
I actually found this particular Lecture series to be quite fascinating. Foucault traces the origins of abnormality (or the "abnormal individual") in 3 figures: the human monster, the incorrigible individual, and the masturbator. Most importantly, how the production of these three subjects was indispensable to the development of modern psychiatry and psychiatric discourse. If you are new to Foucault, this book is an excellent precursor to the major ideas/concepts he discusses in works such as th...more
Amr Magdi
I couldn't agree much on the importance of family surveillance of children's sexuality as a reason for the emergence of the nuclear family
otherwise .. the book is again full of genius inspirations
El libro reproduce un curso que Foucault dio en Francia, reuniendo apuntes y realizando transcripciones de grabaciones de audio. El estilo es un poco aburrido y cansador, pero el contenido teórico es sumamente interesante. A pesar del estilo, página a página ofrece algo nuevo, inesperado, algo que vale la pena conocer.

Considero que es de lectura obligatoria para todo aquel que pretenda comprender las relaciones humanas en sociedad.
Though not as polished as the books that cover the same material, these lectures give crucial insight into the sources of Foucault's thought. They are more accessible, not because they are less precise, but because the conversational style renders them less coy. Strongly recommended for those who've already read one or more of the major books and want to reinforce their understanding.
A edição poderia esquematizar melhor as aulas a fim de darem mais clareza ao conteúdo que dispensa comentários.
Interesting and life changing, but I do wonder how Foucault is "qualified" to talk about some things, like madness, while also being "qualified" to talk about history... I realise this is a product of his training, but still... hmm. Still, incredibly useful.
Aryan Kato
Focus on the introduction of the positive and normative functions/effects of psyche specialists into the juridicial apparatus of society in light of the subjectification of the "abnormal".
Imagine this as the deleted scenes and alternate versions of material in or originally planned for History of Sexuality. Nice chapters on masturbation, possession, intersexed.
Probably deserves a higher rating, but this is the same stuff you'll find in Discipline and Punish, History of Sexuality, and Madness and Civilization.
Foucault's lecture series is very accessible. He is brilliant, and this book helped clarify his more philosophical writing.
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Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, social theorist and historian of ideas. He held a chair at the Collège de France with the title "History of Systems of Thought," and lectured at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences and the prison sys...more
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