Beginning with the debate between Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky on epistemology and politics, this text includes essays by some of the most important French thinkers who influenced and were influenced by Foucault. Foucault's teachers, colleagues, and collaborators take up his major claims, from his first to final works, and provide us with the authoritative context in which to understand Foucault's writings. This volume also includes several important works by Foucault previously unpublished in English. The other contributors are Georges Canguilhem, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Pierre Hadot, Michel Serres, and Paul Veyne.
Structures and Strategies of Discourse: Remarks Towards a History of Foucault's Philosophy of Language Arnold I. Davidson Introductory Remarks to Georges Canguilhem Arnold I. Davidson Report from Mr. Canguilhem on the Manuscript Filed by Mr. Michel Foucault, Director of the Institut Francais of Hamburg, in Order to Obtain Permission to Print His Principal Thesis for the Doctor of Letters Georges Canguilhem On Histoire de la folie as an Event Georges Canguilhem Introduction to Penser la folie: Essais sur Michel Foucault Georges Canguilhem The Geometry of the Incommunicable: Madness Michel Serres "To Do Justice to Freud": The History of Madness in the Age of Psychoanalysis Jacques Derrida Madness, the Absence of Work Michel Foucault Human Nature: Justice versus Power Michel Foucault, Noam Chomsky. Foucault Revolutionizes History Paul Veyne Desire and Pleasure Gilles Deleuze Introductory Remarks to Pierre Hadot Arnold I. Davidson Forms of Life and Forms of Discourse in Ancient Philosophy Pierre Hadot The Final Foucault and His Ethics Paul Veyne Writing the Self Michel Foucault Contributors Index