The History of Sexuality v.1: The Will to Knowledge

Author(s): Michel Foucault

Philosophy and Religion

Here, one of France's greatest intellectuals explores the evolving social, economic and political forces that have shaped our attitudes to sex. Foucault describes how we are in the process of making a science of sex which is devoted to the analysis of desire rather than the increase of pleasure.


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One of the leading intellectuals of the twentieth century and the most prominent thinker in post-war France, Foucault's work influenced disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, philosophy, sociology and literary criticism.

Part 1 We "other victorians". Part 2 The repressive hypothesis: the incitement to discourse; the peverse implantation. Part Scientia sexualis. Part 4 The deployment of sexuality: objective; method; domain; periodization. Part 5 Right of death and power over life.

General Fields

  • : 9780140268683
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : October 1998
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 10mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michel Foucault
  • : Paperback
  • : 306.7091821
  • : 176
  • : Sexual behaviour; Gender studies; History of ideas, intellectual history; Popular psychology