The final volume in Michel Foucault's seminal Essential Works series, this collection of articles, interviews and lectures, many in English for the first time, brings together his most outspoken views on politics and power.These provocative writings show Foucault challenging and subverting the institutions of power inherent in society. Drawing on works from the later years of his life, when he became an increasingly important public voice, they address the issues that he helped make the core of Western political culture- law, prisons, medicine, government and sexuality, in particular showing his concerns with human rights, discriminating and exclusion. Articles and open letters published directly in response to the issues of the time call for reform in abortion, asylum and the death penalty, including a powerful attack on the guillotining of two prisoners in 1972. All the pieces here bring a new sense of Foucault's huge influence in the politics of personal freedom.
Michel Foucault was one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world. Social scientist and historian of ideas, Foucault was Profesor of History of Systems of Thought at the College de France. He wrote frequently for French newspapers and reviews, and edited Critique. Among his many publications are Madness and Civilisation (1961); The Archaeology of Knowledge (1972); The Birth of the Clinic (1973); Discipline and Punish (1975); and three volumes of The History of Sexuality- Volume One, The Will To Knowledge (1976); Volume Two- The Use of Pleasure (1984); and Volume Three- The Care of the Self (1984). Many of his books are published by Penguin. Ethics and Aesthetics, the first and second parts of a three volume Essential Works of Michael Foucault, were recently published by Penguin. Power, part three, was recently published by Allen Lane. Professor Foucault died in 1994.