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Michel Foucault: Discipline and Punishment Biography -was born on October 15, 1926 into a provincial family in France -his father was a surgeon -went to a very prestigious college where he became interested in psychology after a suicide attempt -later taught psychology at the University of Lille for a couple years -he moved around a lot looking for something he wanted to do -returned to France in 1960 to complete his doctorate and start studying philosophy -started writing many books and became popular fast -became known as a structuralist, which is a psychologist that looks for mental elements of which more complex experiences were composed. For example, if a molecule of a conscious experience is lemonade, then the elements of that conscious experience is sweet, sour, cold, bitter, etc. -He studied anonymous gay sex and sadomasochism in San Francisco where he contracted HIV and died of AIDS on June 26, 1984 Discipline and Punishment was written in 1975, one of his last works.
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Unformatted text preview: Other works include Madness and Civilization, The Birth of the Clinic, The Order of Things, and The History of Sexuality. Some themes that continue throughout the book are the body and soul, the prison and society, and different kinds of punishment. Discipline and Punishment The book opens with the brutal execution in 1757 of Robert-Francois Damiens who attempted to kill Louis XV. During this time, public executions were really popular. Hot pincers tore off his skin, and a hot mixture of liquids was poured into the formed holes. He must hold the knife for which he tried to commit murder. Then his limbs were torn off by horses and he was sent to be burned. Several times throughout the execution, Damiens was asked if he had anything to say and each time he said nothing. They were trying to get him to go against his beliefs by the way of torture....
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