The latest book in The New Press's Essential series collects key texts from the influential French philosopher.Few philosophers have had as significant an impact on contemporary thought as Michel Foucault. His complete uncollected writings, under the title Dits et écrits,
were published in French in 1994 and in a three-volume series from The New Press that brought the most important of these workscourses, articles, and interviews, many of them translated into English for the first timeto American readers. Now, Paul Rabinow and Nikolas Rose have collected the best pieces from the three-volume set into a one-volume anthology. The Essential Foucault
, which features a new and provocative introduction by Rabinow and Rose, is certain to become the standard text for all those interested in a comprehensive overview of Foucault's thought.
Author Biography: Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was one of the most influential philosophers of the past century. He held a chair in the History of Systems of Thought at the Collège de France and lectured at universities throughout the world. His books include Madness and Civilization, Discipline and Punish, The Order of Things, and The History of Sexuality. Paul Rabinow is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His previous books include French DNA and French Modern. Nikolas Rose is a professor of sociology at the London School of Economics. His most recent book is Powers of Freedom.