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  • Published: 25 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241435168
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $30.00
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Society Must Be Defended

Lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-76




A devastating critique of the systems of power and control inherent in civilisation, from one of the most radical thinkers of the twentieth century

Society Must Be Defended is taken from a series of lectures given by Foucault at the Collége de France in 1975-76. Using war to analyse power relations, he contends that politics is ultimately a continuation of battlefield violence, and that ingrained ideas of sovereignty and individual rights are attempts to refute the fact that all power relations are based on domination. Coloured with brilliant historical examples, Foucault draws from many periods in both England and France, with wonderful digressions into subjects as diverse as classical French tragedy and the gothic novel.

  • Published: 25 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241435168
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $30.00
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About the author

Michel Foucault

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 Collège 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.

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