Foucault’s Thought

O'Farrell, Clare D. (2013) Foucault’s Thought. In Kaldis, Byron (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Sage Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, California, pp. 364-368.

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Michel Foucault was a French philosopher and historian of ideas who was born in Poitiers in France in 1926 and died in Paris in 1984. Since his death his work has had a steadily increasing impact across the social sciences and humanities, generating new research methodologies, new areas of empirical interest, and a whole panoply of theoretical concepts. Foucault produced some 11 books during his lifetime and a collection of 364 of his shorter writings was published in 1994. From 1970 to 1984, in his capacity as Professor of Systems of Thought at the research institution the Collège de France, he also produced an annual series of lectures reporting on his research. These lectures have gradually appeared in print since 1997. This entry provides an overview of Foucault’s overall philosophy and methodology, looks at key concepts in his work and provides descriptions of his best known books.

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ID Code: 59727
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Michel Foucault, philosophy, social sciences
ISBN: 9781412986892
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200)
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Deposited On: 03 Feb 2014 22:40
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2016 00:59

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