Publisher description for Society must be defended : lectures at the Collßege de France, 1975-76 / Michael Foucault ; edited by Mauro Bertani and Alessandro Fontana ; general editors, Fran­cois Ewald and Alessandro Fontana ; translated by David Macey.

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An examination of the relation between war and politics, by one of the twentieth century’s most influential thinkers

From 1971 until 1984 at the College de France, Michel Foucault gave a series of lectures ranging freely and conversationally over the range of his research. In Society Must Be Defended, Foucault deals with the emergence in the early seventeenth century of a new understanding of war as the permanent basis of all institutions of power, a hidden presence within society that could be deciphered by an historical analysis. Tracing this development, Foucault outlines the genealogy of power and knowledge that had become his dominant concern.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: War (Philosophy)Power (Philosophy)Political science Philosophy