This volume is the first to address Foucault's influence and the
potential of his work in the understanding and the writing of
history. It does so critically and accessibly.
Scholars from the United States, France and Italy, including
historians, sociologists, an anthropogist and a philosopher, range
over Foucault's writing - on love and the family in classical
antiquity, the constitution of the self, the history of science and
sexuality, to the origins of the liberal state. But, true to its
subject, this book does not conceive of history divorced from
philosophy: it explores how Foucault's understanding of the past
relates to his ideas of truth, ethics, knowledge and action.
All-in-all, the book offers a series of mind-opening perspectives
on Foucault's work, on the past, and on the present.