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Foucault: His Thought, His Character

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A unique testimony by a scholar who knew Foucault well, this book succeeds brilliantly in grasping the core of his thought and in stripping away the confusions and misunderstandings that have so often characterized the interpretation of Foucault and his work.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Polity Press (first published 2008)
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Wu Ming
Dec 29, 2010 Wu Ming rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WM1: Ho tirato in ballo questo libro in una discussione su Giap:
http://www.wumingfoundation.com/giap/?p=1005
Riporto qui quei rapidi appunti. Va tenuto conto che enfatizzo solo un aspetto specifico di quest'opera, a discapito di altri che sono altrettanto importanti.
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Consiglio a tutti la lettura dell'ultimo libro di Paul Veyne (uno dei più importanti storici dell'antichità "classica"), che si intitola Foucault. Il pensiero e l'uomo (Garzanti, 2010). Veyne fu allievo di Foucault a

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Veyne se empeña en mostrar un Foucault distinto sobre el que resbalarian todas la críticas reduccionistas conocidas que penden aún hoy sobre este autor (posmodernista, postestructuralista, relativista, partidario del pensamiento débil, criptonormativista, etc.) Veyne al contrario, no mostrara a Foucault como uno de los pocos pensadores desde los cuales un pensamiento positivo y nuevo (positivo en el sentido ontológico de Spinoza) es posible.

Lo crucial aquí es el concepto de discurso y la manera
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Ed
Dec 29, 2010 Ed rated it liked it
This book is part memoir of the author's friendship with Foucault and part attempt to tell us what Foucault really meant. Veyne, a historian, reads Foucault as an empiricist and a sceptic, rather like himself, it would seem. While this Foucault seems utterly reasonable and even likable, it is hard to see, from this book how he became such an influential philosopher.
Len
Aug 10, 2014 Len rated it liked it
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I like Paul Veyne's personal take on Foucault. For one, he clears up a lot of misconceptions about Foucault. Also, there are some fascinating anecdotes at the end of the book. It provides some idea of the person that Foucault was.
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Paul Veyne is a French historian, and a specialist on Ancient Rome. A former student of the École normale supérieure and member of the École française de Rome, he is now honorary professor at the Collège de France.

Professeur honoraire au Collège de France, Paul Veyne est un des plus grands historiens français de l’Antiquité romaine. Ses nombreuses publications sur la sociologie romaine ou les myth
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