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The Birth of the Clinic : Routledge Classics - Michel Foucault

The Birth of the Clinic

Routledge Classics

Paperback Published: 24th April 2003
ISBN: 9780415307727
Number Of Pages: 288

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In this book Michel Foucault, one of the most influential thinkers of recent times, calls us to look critically at specific historical events in order to uncover new layers of significance. In doing so, he challenges our assumptions not only about history, but also about the nature of language and reason, even of truth. By analysing the methods of observation that underpinned the origins of modern medical techniques, Foucault is able to identify 'that opening up of the concrete individual, for the first time in Western history, to the language of rationality, that major event in the relationship of man to himself and of language to things'. The scope of such an undertaking is vast, but it is Foucault's skill that, by means of his uniquely engaging narrative style, his penetrating gaze is able to confront our own. After reading his words our perceptions are never quite the same again.

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'The Birth of the Clinic repeatedly allows us to glimpse the face, the personal and distinctive features of a philosopher-historian whose declared aim is nevertheless to get rid of the subject and subjectivity, to disappear in his own discourse and to leave the way open for a formulation of the anonymous rules which govern human knowledge and behavior.' - New York Review of Books; 'Foucault has re-launched philosophy in France single-handed.' - The Times Literary Supplement; 'Michel Foucault is a very brilliant writer, he has a remarkable angle of vision, a highly disciplined and coherent one, that informs his work to such a high degree as to make the work sui generis original.' - Edward W. Said

Translator's Note
Spaces and Classes
A Political Consciousness
The Free Field
The Old Age of the Clinic
The Lesson of the Hospitals
Signs and Cases
Seeing and Knowing
Open Up a Few Corpses
The Visible Invisible
Crisis in Fevers
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ISBN: 9780415307727
ISBN-10: 0415307724
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 24th April 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: New edition

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