Michel Foucault: The history of sexuality volume 2
There is no doubt that Michel Foucault is one of the most important thinkers of the 20th Century and also among the most influential. His philosophical examination into material history of systems and their construction has altered the way in which we see the world around us and has led to fascinating inquiries in the field of cultural studies. By the end of the 1970s Foucault wrote one of his finest works, The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, where he examines “how the key to the human sciences came to be sex,” and he makes explicitly clear that “sex, [is] the explanation for everything.” Throughout his observations, he takes a sort of archeological approach to history that shows the conditions of possibility for the present that explains modern sexuality. He is able to develop a genealogy of the history of sexuality that parallels his history of the prison; just as the modern science of criminology defines categories of social dysfunction, modern sexual science defines categories of sex or sexual dysfunctions that are simultaneously sources of knowledge for control mechanisms.
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