The Political Philosophy of Michel Foucault
Routledge – 2009 – 186 pages
This book is the first to systematically reconstruct Michel Foucault’s political and philosophical thought across his career. It argues, in the areas of epistemology, power, subjectivity, resistance, politics, and ethics, that Foucault’s work represents the articulation of a consistent and progressive philosophical and political viewpoint. The work is thus an important intervention into the field of Foucault studies, where many continue to claim that Foucault’s work is contradictory, nonsensical, or nihilistic.
'This book is the one scholars and students should turn to for the much needed analysis of the key theoretical concepts in Foucault’s work--concepts such as power, subjectivity, resistance and critique. It also provides a sustained defense of the consistency of Foucault’s views over time. Kelly has succeeded in grasping Foucault from the inside out.' – David Weberman, Central European University, Hungary
Introduction 1. Epistemology 2. Power I 3. Power II 4. Subjectivity 5. Resistance 6. Critique 7. Ethics
Mark G.E. Kelly is Lecturer in Philosophy at Middlesex University.