The Function of Avowal in Justice
Three years before his death, Michel Foucault delivered a series of lectures at the Catholic University of Louvain that until recently remained almost unknown. These lectures—which focus on the role of avowal, or confession, in the determination of truth and justice—provide the missing link between Foucault’s early work on madness, delinquency, and sexuality and his later explorations of subjectivity in Greek and Roman antiquity.
“Bringing together themes from two of Foucault’s most important works—Discipline and Punish and The History of Sexuality—this book demonstrates a rethinking of the theoretical underpinnings of the former on the basis of his work on avowal in the latter. An excellent introduction lays out very clearly the background to these texts, including insights into Foucault’s prisoners' rights activism as well as some of his key differences with Sartre.”