By Mark G. E. Kelly
A step by step advisor to Foucault's background of Sexuality quantity I, the desire to Knowledge.
In the 1st quantity of his historical past of Sexuality, the need to wisdom, Foucault weaves jointly the main influential theoretical account of sexuality because Freud. Mark Kelly systematically unpacks the intricacies of Foucault's dense and infrequently complicated exposition, in a simple means, placing it in its ancient and theoretical context.This is either a consultant for the reader new to the textual content and one who bargains new insights to these already conversant in Foucault's paintings.
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Additional resources for Foucault's 'History of Sexuality, Volume 1: The Will to Knowledge' (Edinburgh Philosophical Guides)
He was involved in a movement in France, contemporaneous with The Will to Knowledge, to abolish age of consent laws entirely, effectively legalising all consensual sex between any persons, whatever their age. It is perhaps worth mentioning in this connection that in France paedophilia has historically been associated with homosexuality to a greater degree than in the English-speaking world. The term ‘pederast’ (a man who loves boys) has functioned in France as a synonym for a homosexual. indd 37 30/01/2013 14:15 38 Foucault’s History of Sexuality merely in equalising it, but in getting rid of it.
Still, there is a key difference between Foucault and Deleuze here in that Deleuze and Guattari explicitly view sex as repressive, whereas Foucault is trying to get away from repression as a notion. A third reason that Anti-Oedipus does not fit the bill is that it does not give anything like the straightforward historical account that Foucault attributes to the repressive hypothesis in The Will to Knowledge. indd 26 30/01/2013 14:15 A Guide to the Text 27 Foucault’s Hypothesis? Indeed, the repressive hypothesis matches nothing so much as Foucault’s own style.
This implied an interest in sex, firstly as the means of reproduction, and also as a means of transmission of disease. Sex was thus ‘at the heart of this . . problem of population’ (25/36). Foucault will go on to expand on this topic at the beginning of Part Five; we deal with this below under the heading of ‘Biopower’. The point of taking an interest in the population was of course to attempt to shape and control it. It began with criticism of fruitless debauchery, which needed to be stopped, based on a belief that population increase was imperative.