Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault

Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault – The Birth of the Prison – is a book I had to read for my studies and I’m glad it was a mandatory reading. It is fascinating. Not a light read though and not on a topic that would sparkle a lot of interest because it is so dark, but well worth the effort if you fancy reading it.

Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault

Despite its name, the book covers more topics, including army doctrine on manpower. It was a great read, especially as I read in the past months about army doctrine and comparisons between Ukrainian army and Russian army. There is a chapter on torture, which is a bit grim at times, but important to see how the punishment evolved and changed throughout the centuries. The chapters on prisons is equally interesting too. The comparison between the prison system and systems such as education was interesting and thought provoking.
I gave the book 5 stars and I recommend it.

Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Penguin Classics
Year it was published: 2020 (first published in 1975)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Philosophy
Pages: 352

About the author: Michel Foucault was a French philosopher and historian of ideas. He held a chair at the Collège de France with the title “History of Systems of Thought”. He also taught at the University of Tunis and at the University Paris VIII. He lectured at universities in US and Brazil.
Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences and the prison system, as well as for his work on the history of human sexuality. His writings on power, knowledge, and discourse have been widely influential in academic circles, leading to discussions on Orientalism, for example.
In the 1960s Foucault was associated with structuralism, a movement from which he distanced himself. Foucault also rejected the post-structuralist and postmodernist labels later attributed to him, preferring to classify his thought as a critical history of modernity rooted in Immanuel Kant. Foucault’s project was particularly influenced by Nietzsche, his “genealogy of knowledge” being a direct allusion to Nietzsche’s “genealogy of morality”. In a late interview he definitively stated: “I am a Nietzschean.”
Foucault was listed as the most cited scholar in the humanities in 2007 by the ISI Web of Science.
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2 thoughts on “Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault”

    • It’s not pleasure reading at all, but it is really interesting overall, so it might worth adding it to a to-read list if you fancy some philosophy.

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