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Modern sex

Gary Gutting

in Foucault: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780192805577
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776113 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192805577.003.0009

Series: Very Short Introductions

Modern sex

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Foucault was as unwilling to accept an identity based on his sexuality as he was from any other area of his life. His interest was, as always, an academic one. He was interested in gay explorations of new forms of human community and identity. ‘Modern sex’ evaluates Foucault's History of Sexuality and its treatment of issues of power, gender, repression, and sexuality. His project of a history of sexuality extended to a history of modern biopower and also it led him to believe that his study of sexuality was part of an effort to understand the process by which individuals became subjects. He ended up writing a history of the subject.

Keywords: concept; consciousness; experience; Michel Foucault; Sigmund Freud; genealogy; homosexuality; philosophy; power; John Rawls; subjectivity

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy ; 20th-Century Philosophy

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