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The Government of Desire: A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject

Miguel de Beistegui


The book is a contribution to the genealogy and critique of ourselves, and of our own present, advocated by Foucault. It does that by focusing on the problem of desire in our western culture. For centuries, it was thought that desire needed to be dominated in order for the good life to flourish. This began to change in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, when desire was no longer seen as something to be governed, or as an object of pastoral and spiritual care, but as an instrument of government. Liberalism, the book argues, coincides with this shift in attitude. Far from amounting to a str ... More

Keywords: desire, subjectivity, governmentality, (neo)liberalism, sexuality, recognition, power, genealogy, Foucault, resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226547374
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226547404.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miguel de Beistegui, author
University of Warwick