This Is Not a Pipe: 25th Anniversary Edition by Michel FoucaultThis Is Not a Pipe: 25th Anniversary Edition by Michel Foucault

This Is Not a Pipe: 25th Anniversary Edition

byMichel FoucaultEditorJames HarknessTranslated byJames Harkness

Paperback | July 1, 2008

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What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? René 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 power and social exclusion, Foucault here assumes a more playful stance. By exploring the nuances and ambiguities of Magritte's visual critique of language, he finds the painter less removed than previously thought from the pioneers of modern abstraction.

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One of the most important theorists of the twentieth century, Michel Foucault's (1926-1984) many influential books include Discipline and Punish, The Archeology of Knowledge, The History of Sexuality, and The Discourse on Language.
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Title:This Is Not a Pipe: 25th Anniversary EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.26 inPublished:July 1, 2008Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520236947

ISBN - 13:9780520236943

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a Cuban cigar either Foucault stumbles in an effort to embellish, as do most writers anxious to label. Stretching to reach a point leaves them thin and at odds even with themselves. Sometimes a book is a book. In this case, not so much.
Date published: 2008-05-15