Books written by Michel Foucault


Discourse and Truth and Parresia

Chicago Foucault Project | August 20, 2019 | 295 pages
This volume collects a series of lectures given by the renowned French thinker Michel Foucault late in his career. The book is composed of two parts: a talk, Parrēsia, delivered at the University of Grenoble in 1982, and a series of lectures entitled "Discourse and Truth," given at the University... More Info

About the Beginning of the Hermeneutics of the Self

University of Chicago Press | December 29, 2015 | 152 pages
In 1980, Michel Foucault began a vast project of research on the relationship between subjectivity and truth, an examination of conscience, confession, and truth-telling that would become a crucial feature of his life-long work on the relationship between knowledge, power, and the self. The... More Info

On the Government of the Living

Picador | March 8, 2016 | 384 pages
In these lectures delivered in 1980, Michel Foucault gives an important new inflection to his history of 'regimes of truth.' Following on from the themes of knowledge-power and governmentality, he turns his attention here to the ethical domain of practices of techniques of the self. Why and how, he... More Info

Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling

March 1, 2014 | 360 pages
Three years before his death Michel Foucault gave a series of lectures at the Catholic University of Louvain that have remained relatively unknown until only recently. Entitled Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling, these lectures provides the missing link between Foucault's early work on sexuality and... More Info

History of Madness

Taylor & Francis US | April 2, 2009 | 725 pages
Challenging entrenched views of madness and reason, History of Madness is one of the classics of 20th century thought. It is Foucaultʼs first major work, written in a dazzling and sometimes enigmatic literary style. It also introduces many of the inspiring and radical themes that he was to write... More Info

Speech Begins After Death

March 1, 2013 | 96 pages
Speech Begins after Death is a transcript of critic Claude Bonnefoy's interview with Michel Foucault in which he reflects on his approach to the written word throughout his life, from his school days to his discovery of the pleasure of writing. Never before published in English, this is one of... More Info


Picador USA | September 1, 2004 | 374 pages
A second collection of lectures by the influential philosopher addresses the role of psychiatry in the modern criminal justice system, the theme of societal defense against criminals, how to define "abnormality" and "normality," and how to identify and categorize criminal behavior and perpetrators.... More Info

"Society Must Be Defended"

Picador USA | November 18, 2003 | 336 pages
Exploring the interrelationship between war and politics, a series of lectures by the late French philosopher traces the evolution of a new understanding of society and its relation to war, revealing war as the permanent basis of all institutions of power. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.  More Info

The Birth of the Clinic

Psychology Press | July 3, 2003 | 288 pages
In this remarkable 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... More Info

The history of sexuality

August 20, 1998 |
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Care of the Self: T

Vintage | November 28, 1988 | 288 pages
The Care of the Self is the third and possibly final volume of Michel Foucault's widely acclaimed examination of "the experience of sexuality in Western society." Foucault takes us into the first two centuries of our own era, into the Golden Age of Rome, to reveal a subtle but decisive break from... More Info


Vintage | November 12, 1980 | 270 pages
Study of the intersection of history and philosophy as it relates to recent French political change, evidenced in essays concerning popular justice, power struggles, and the history of sexuality  More Info

This Is Not a Pipe

Univ of California Pr | July 1, 2008 | 104 pages
What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? Reneacute; Magritte's famous canvas provides the starting point for a delightful homage by French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. Much better known for his incisive and mordant explorations of... More Info

Madness and civilization

Vintage | November 28, 1988 | 299 pages
Perhaps the French philosopher's masterpiece, which is concerned with an extraordinary question: What does it mean to be mad?  More Info

The Courage of Truth

Picador USA | May 8, 2012 | 384 pages
The course given by Michel Foucault from February to March 1984, under the title The Courage of Truth, was his last at the College de France. The previous year, his lectures investigated the function of "truth telling" in politics in order to establish courage and conviction as ethical conditions... More Info

The Hermeneutics of the Subject

Picador USA | January 1, 2006 | 608 pages
A third collection of lectures at the Collge de France sheds new light on the concepts of the "self" and the "care of the self" have been conceived in ancient philosophy, beginning with Socrates, arguing that the problems of the ethical formation of the self form the foundation for modern... More Info