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This is an auction for FOUCAULT IN 90 MINUTES by Paul Strathern.

"Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise."
- Wall Street Journal

"London-based writer Strathern offers a painless tongue-in-cheek introduction to French theorist Michel Foucault. Though ostensibly devoted to Foucault's life and works, this volume concentrates on his biography rather than his ideas, for Strathern is more adept at giving readers a feel for the ambiance of Left Bank cafes and filling them in on Foucault's relationship with composer Jean Barraque than, say, investigating his work on the history of sexuality. Did you know that, when Foucault taught in Sweden, most of his students were female? Or that, at 30, he drove a Jaguar and his hair began to thin? That he favoured tartan suits and was an accomplished cook? Strathern offers an adequate summary of Foucault's work on the penal system, and his thumbnail sketch of Foucault's Madness and Civilization is mercifully oversimplified. Happily, there is almost no discussion of Foucault's enormous influence in philosophy, literary criticism, linguistics, history, and sociology. Readers will come away with enough fascinating vignettes to get them through two or three cocktail parties--which is probably more than most of them will require."
- Kirkus Reviews (US)

Amazon.com review:

"FIVE STARS!!! I really enjoyed Strathern's book. I have not studied Foucault directly and this book made me much more interested in doing so. A very interesting figure, and I appreciate where he went along the lines of Heidegger's ideas, as far as concepts not having base in everyday experience and the arbitrariness of distinctions and classifications throughout history. I could not put it down until it was over; it was very good."

Paperback 2000.

91 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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