By Mark D. Jordan

by utilizing faith to get on the center suggestions of Michel Foucault's pondering, this e-book deals a robust substitute to the best way that the philosopher's paintings is learn around the humanities. Foucault used to be famously drawn to Christianity as either the rival to old ethics and the dad or mum of recent self-discipline and was once continually alert to the hypocrisy and the violence in church buildings. but many readers have overlooked how important faith is to his concept, really with reference to human our bodies and the way they're formed. the purpose isn't really to show Foucault into a few kind of believer or to extract from him a set thesis approximately faith as such. particularly, it truly is to work out how Foucault engages non secular rhetoric web page after page—even whilst faith isn't really his major subject. whilst readers keep on with his allusions, they could see why he unearths in faith not just an item of critique, yet a perennial provocation to consider how speech works on bodies—and how our bodies resist.
Arguing that Foucault conducts experiments in writing to frustrate educational expectancies approximately heritage and concept, Mark Jordan supplies equivalent weight to the performative and theatrical features of Foucault's writing or lecturing. How does Foucault level probabilities of self-transformation? How are his books or lectures equivalent to the rituals and liturgies that he dissects in them? Convulsing Bodies follows its personal video game of hide-and-seek with the brokers of totalizing platforms (not least within the academy) and provides us a Foucault who performs together with his audiences as he performs for them—or teaches them.

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