The final major work by one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century
In the fourth and final volume of his far-reaching and influential study of human sexuality, Foucault turns his attention to early Christianity, exploring how ancient ideas of pleasure were modified into the notion of the ‘flesh’. Ranging over marriage, procreation and the concept of virginity as a divine state, Foucault brilliantly shows how a fledgling religion altered and defined the Western history of desire. Confessions of the Flesh brings to a conclusion one of the twentieth century’s seminal works.
‘A thinker of immense power … posing questions that still perplex us’ The Times Literary Supplement
‘Required reading … The appearance of the fourth volume is the most significant event in the world of Foucault scholarship in 20 years … Essential’ Los Angeles Review of Books