DIDIER ERIBON MICHEL FOUCAULT PDF

Didier Eribon has written an excellent biography of Michel Foucault, one that will probably take its place as the standard for some time. The book is well-informed, judicious without being remote, sympathetic without losing a critical edge. The rigors of entry into the Ecole Normale Superieure, the teaching of Jean Hyppolite, the circle of friendships with those who would later do important work—all of this makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the extraordinary efflorescence that in the United States is called poststructuralism. His attention to the content of the works is adequate but certainly not extensive or novel. In September he phoned me to say he would not appear at USC because he learned that the conference had a large audience and he preferred to work in small workshop settings.

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Didier Eribon has written an excellent biography of Michel Foucault, one that will probably take its place as the standard for some time. The book is well-informed, judicious without being remote, sympathetic without losing a critical edge. The rigors of entry into the Ecole Normale Superieure, the teaching of Jean Hyppolite, the circle of friendships with those who would later do important work—all of this makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the extraordinary efflorescence that in the United States is called poststructuralism.

His attention to the content of the works is adequate but certainly not extensive or novel. In September he phoned me to say he would not appear at USC because he learned that the conference had a large audience and he preferred to work in small workshop settings.

In the end he consented and attended many of the workshops, immensely enjoying the discussions. I regard it as a privilege to have met him and even more of one to be able to read him. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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Michel Foucault

It was inevitable that a biography of Foucault would be written and it is fortunate that the 'official' life has come out first. Written by a journal-ist and friend of Foucault, this absorbing historical document - a discreet account of the genealogy of the works set against the academic and political context, rather than an interpretation of them -reads like a rebuke to current biographical culture and expectations. There are enough references here to see how a debunking book might be written: a book that emphasised the 'mystery' of Foucault's contacts with Gaullists, his Californian sado-masochist escapades, or one which portrayed his occasional period misogyny as part and parcel of the impossi-ble 'maleness' of his thought. Eribon's account is frank enough to include the information that Foucault speedily installed his partner in an assis-tantship at Clermont University in the early 60 s, and that when questioned about this preferment over an older applicant, a woman who was better qualified, replied 'Because we don't like old maids here'.

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It was much easier to tell his clever, cosmopolitan new friends that he was gay than to admit to being working-class. So he lied. Until recently, he was best known in France for his biography of the philosopher and social theorist Michel Foucault, and for his writing on gay male identity. Returning to Reims , part-memoir, part-social and political theory, caused a stir in France, and has sold around 90, copies, but it approached cult status in Germany where it touched a nerve with its central premise that the mainstream left is to blame for pushing the working classes towards the far right and nationalism. Now the book, and Eribon, are coming to Britain.

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Michel Foucault by Didier Eribon, translated by Betsy Wing

His mother owned land and a large house outside the city. His father was a provincial surgeon, and no friend to his son. They had a cook, a nurse and a chauffeur, and although Foucault judged his family to be 'somewhat anti-clerical' he spent time as an acolyte and a choirboy. He finished his schooling at the Lycee Henri IV in Paris in , and was placed fourth in the intensely competitive entrance exam for the Ecole Normale Superieure. There he attempted suicide several times, showed a 'pronounced tendency towards megalomania', was furious when he failed to come first in the philosophy agregation exam in , persecuted his enemies with extraordinary verbal ferocity, and was soon 'almost universally detested', according to Didier Eribon.

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