Foucault and Religion is the first major study of Michel Foucault in relation and response to Religion. Jeremy Carrette offers us a challenging new look at Foucault's work and addresses a religious dimension that has previously been neglected. We see that prior to Foucault's infamous unpublished volume in the 'History of Sexuality', on the theme of Christianity, there is a complex religious sub-text which anticipates this final unseen work.
Jeremy Carrette argues that Foucault offers a twofold critique of Christianity by bringing the body and sexuality into religious practice and exploring a political spirituality of the self. He shows us that Foucault's creation of a body theology through the death of God, reveals how religious beliefs reflect the sexual body, questions the notion of a mystical archaeology and exposes the political technology of confession.
Anyone interested in understanding Foucault's thought in a new light will find this book a truly fascinating read.
"Carrette's insightful work is indispensible for anyone considering the religious dimension not inly in Foucault's work, but in contemporary literature, philosophy, and culture. Carrette's concern with religion after Foucauly is a thoughtful reflection for a hyper-critical world that has increasingly neglected and parodied religious practice.."
-Edvard Lorkovic, "Philosophy in Review
"The gems of this text are 1. Carrette's attention to the intellectual context of the avant-garde and surrealism that informed Foucault's early work; 2. Carrette's thorough immersion in the entirety of Foucault's works, which provides him with a key insight into the transition that Carrette describes as the move from spiritual corporality to political spirituality; and 3. Carrette's careful delineation of the location Foucault maintained in relation to religious discourses, neither skeptic in the humanist sense, nor postmodern mystic.."
-Mary Keller, "Journal of the American Academy of Religion
"Jeremy Carrette explores the hitherto neglected religious aspects of the 20th century thinker...."
"[Carrette's] approach...expertly presents Foucault's ideas while illuminating the influence of religious beliefs in their absence as well as in their manifest practices."
-"Religious Studies Review
.."Carrette outlines Foucault's problematizing of religion in a coherent, careful manner... The author demonstrates a sophisticated knowledge of the material... his clear writing style makes this text approachable for anyone in the humanities or social sciences."
-Elizabeth King Keenan "Religious Studies Review