New book: the Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this book before. Routledge seem to be on a streak of Foucault books right now (see post below).

This one looks interesting for those who study Foucault’s technologies of the self and his later writings on confession and the early Christian church (History of Sexuality Vols 2 & 3).

The Culture of Confession from Augustine to Foucault

A Genealogy of the ‘Confessing Animal’

By Chloë Taylor

Price: $95.00

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  • ISBN: 978-0-415-96371-8
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Published by: Routledge
  • Publication Date: 25th August 2008
  • Pages: 312

About the Book

Drawing on the work of Foucault and Western confessional writings, this book challenges the transhistorical and commonsense views of confession as an innate impulse resulting in the psychological liberation of the confessing subject. Instead, confessional desire is argued to be contingent and constraining, and alternatives to confessional subjectivity are explored.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



Chapter One: Confession from Antiquity to the Counter-Reformation

Chapter Two: Confession and Modern Subjectivity

Chapter Three: Psychoanalysis

Chapter Four: Confessing the Other

Chapter Five: Alternatives to Confession





About the Author(s)

Chloë Taylor is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of North Florida. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and a postdoctoral fellowship from McGill University. Professor Taylor has published articles in journals such as Philosophy Today, Postmodern Culture and the Journal of Modern Literature. She is currently working on a book on Foucault and sex crimes, as well as undertaking research on animal ethics, feminism, and literature.


One Response

  1. very expensive!

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