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Two Cultural Contexts
Two cultural contexts
Foucault's Life and Death

Foucault's work is itself, of course, the product of his own life in a particular culture, intellectual context and time. Foucault's personal biography and the general social and intellectual backdrop to his work have been dealt with extensively in a number of books, notably in the three biographies of Foucault, in the excellent chronology in volume I of Dits et écrits (1994) and also in my own earlier work Foucault: Historian or Philosopher? (O'Farrell, 1989). But any introduction to Foucault's work needs to provide at least some account of his historical context in order to assist in providing some understanding of why he addressed particular sorts of problems in particular ways.

The question of Foucault's personal biography and ...

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