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Histoire de la Sexualité 3: Le Souci de Soi (The History of Sexuality #3)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,309 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The author turns his attention to sex and the reasons why we are driven constantly to analyze and discuss it. An iconoclastic explanation of modern sexual history.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 1997 by Gallimard (first published 1984)
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Oliver Bateman
After finishing the third volume of this series, I realized that my rating for volume 1 (four stars) was too low. By the end of this book, Foucault's method--much slower-paced and careful than in his previous works--has begun to make sense. Volume 2 wasn't bad, its points were interesting and arranged in a clever way, but it's volume 3--in which MF begins to make a series of subtle points about the changing nature of the conjugal relationship and the propriety of love for adolescent boys--where ...more
Mohammed Al-Garawi
This book is not about sex and sexuality, it's rather concerned with the discourse about sex and sexuality between the 17th and 20th century. Foucault discusses discretion in the discourse about sexuality and other related aspects, from a psychological/sociological/political point of view.

He first explains The Repressive Theory which claims that the history of sexuality in the past couple of centuries was based on repression. Where sex was considered taboo in case it wasn't for reproduction purp
Jon Hoffman
Jul 26, 2007 Jon Hoffman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Foucault scholars
Shelves: theory
A direct continuation of volume 2. The final section brings the whole project into a bit more clear perspective on how these works connect to modern society, but that was a task he set asside in full for the unfinished fourth volume which he was working on when he died. Still, we can pick up some of the comments previewed throughout volumes 2 and 3 as well as some of his interviews and piece together an interesting ethico-political perspective of the self and and its constitution.
María I.
Este tercer volumen se ocupa de un tema antiguo y muy contemporáneo a la vez: la formación del individuo en la experiencia helenística y romana. Foucault reflexiona sobre el cuidado del cuerpo, las reglas del matrimonio, las relaciones con las mujeres y con los otros varones así como la representación del placer y sus usos. Así, para el autor, es en el refinamiento de las artes de vivir y de la inquietud de uno mismo donde se dibujan los preceptos de la reflexión moral médica y filosófica. Y ac ...more
Jacob Rabas
This last volume in the three part series is quite different from the first two. Foucault writes very clearly and makes detailed references. This is perhaps because the complicated epistemological and methodological issues are already developed and discussed in the first two volumes and Foucault is freer to apply his framework. It reads more like a straightforward historical work rather than the more ground-breaking philosophy of Vol. 1 and 2. However, we can see certain unique aspects of Foucau ...more
Ralowe Ampu
a review of sex and marriage as self-making technologies in the west prior to the cartesian cogito. i've been thinking about this a lot in relation to audre lorde, but i can't isolate a text where she elaborates her idea of individual internal coherence. foucault situates a rich greco-roman tradition in the first two centuries of the west within a system of regulation and governance. this is all vitally instructive, but it wasn't entirely what i was looking for at the moment. this is a classic b ...more
I've found each volume of the trilogy to decrease in it's ability to grip me and want me to devour it- but I still found myself sufficiently interested to not add it to the pile of "books I say I've read because I read most of it". After the kick in the nuts of volume 1, volume three is a slight slap to the ear but even that can grab your attention.
The third volume of Foucault’s History of Sexuality charts the changes in discourse from the ancient Greece to imperial Rome. Again examining the three fields of the body, the wife, and boys, he observes a strengthening of principles of sexual austerity. In dietetics, the shift is characterized by broader “correlations between the sexual act and the body” (238) and greater apprehension regarding the ambivalence of its effects. In economics, the conjugal bond becomes dual and reciprocal, and is v ...more
يشكل على فوكو كونه يبحث في نصوص سابقة وصلتنا تتحدث في ما يود هو البحث فيه
لا أشعر أن هذه النصوص كافية لإتمام باحث كامل عن الجنسانية
وتحليلها وحده لا يشكّل بحثا عن موضوع كبير قد يسبق تكوّنه العصور التي يبحث فيها فوكو .
Neil Turner
This series was the most difficult for me to read of all Foucault topics but I endured through it.
Good thesis but too academic for a layperson looking for an interesting read
Nicole Kennerly
good thesis but not for the layperson (me)
Un ottimo excursus sul periodo romano. La cultura genera la sessualità, cioè conferisce spazio ad un'esogenza sociale e psicologica, e analizzare le modalità con cui si pone la sessualità classica ed i problemi che porta è senza dubbio illuminante.
Peccato non aver potuto leggere una genealogia della sessualità: fermarsi alle porte del medioevo è stato come annusare un piatto e non poterlo gustare.
Definitely have to read the whole series.
I thought this was good.

Years ago I read volume one closely and concluded that it was a pretty terrible book, at least the first 80% of it. Now I've recently finished reading volumes 2 and 3, which I found interesting, and conclude that it's a shame the first volume is so bad because I'll bet many readers are dissuaded from reading the remaining two volumes, which are good.
I would prefer to think that dreams about screwing my mother are not a sign of good fortune around the bend. But then again, I'm not living in Ancient Greek, which means I have internalized the incest taboo passed down by Christian Dogmas for centuries. Whew! I thought I was weird for having those dreams! Turns out I may have a great harvest this season! Yippee!
I felt like a lot of it was over my head, or will reveal itself with another reading. I still found it really interesting and expanded my awareness of the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. Like, the ways that our experiences are still similar or have changed drastically especially in terms of love, pleasure, marriage and sexuality.
Andrew Cutler
Interesting take on how ancient Greek and Roman customs and medical ideas became the source of many of our modern hesitations surrounding sex and the care of the self. Some say Foucault made up a bunch of his references but I like the text and it has some novel ideas.
I would have to be much smarter to even consider being able review this book, however those people that are, tell me it is exceedingly good. I trust them and am glad I read it.
Fantastic work of social history, very much in line with Vol 2. It truly is a shame he died before moving on to the analysis of Christian sexual asceticism.
I learned quite a bit from this one.
Much better than Volume 2, for sure.
I'm not feeling like writing a review.
SO I'm not going to.
I imagine the scholarship is unimpeachable. Unfortunately, only a scholar could love this book. Ditto Vol. II
Christos Tsiailis
Did it at Uni, I have the opinions of a student summarising and quoting, but it still attracted my attention.
Started this one but wasn't able to finish it because of brain exhaustion. Maybe some other day.
Charlotte Gordon
This is actually my favorite collection of essays. I really like his idea of self-care.
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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
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