The History of Sexuality. Volume 2 The Use of Pleasure

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Michel Foucault’s landmark account explores our evolving attitudes to sex, and shows how are making a science of sex which is devoted to the analysis of desire rather than the increase in pleasure.

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‘No brief survey can do justice to the richness, complexity and detail of Foucault’s discussion’ New York Review of Books

The second volume of Michel Foucault’s pioneering analysis of the changing nature of desire explores how sexuality was perceived in classical Greek culture.

From the stranger byways of Greek medicine (with its advice on the healthiest season for sex, as well as exercise and diet) to the role of women, The Use of Pleasure is full of extraordinary insights into the differences – and the continuities – between the Ancient, Christian and Modern worlds, showing how sex became a moral issue in the west.

‘Required reading for those who cling to stereotyped ideas about our difference from the Greeks in terms of pagan license versus Christian austerity’ Los Angeles Times Book Review