The Passion of Michel Foucault

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The Passion of Michel Foucault
Passion of Michel Foucault.jpg
The first edition cover of the book.
Author James Miller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Biography
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
ISBN 978-0671695509

The Passion of Michel Foucault is a biography of the French philosopher Michel Foucault authored by the American philosopher James Miller. It was first published in the United States by Simon & Schuster in 1993.

Within the book, Miller made the claim that Foucault's experiences in the gay sadomasochism community during the time he taught at Berkeley directly influenced his political and philosophical works.[1] Miller's ideas have been rebuked by certain Foucault scholars as being either simply misdirected,[2] a sordid reading of his life and works,[3][4] or as a politically motivated, intentional misreading.[5][6]


Press reviews[edit]

Writing for The Boston Globe, George Scialabba described The Passion of Michel Foucault as an "intensely interesting" work which provides an "astoundingly vivid though non-prurient description of (mainly homosexual) sadomasochism".[2]



  1. ^ Miller 1993.
  2. ^ a b Scialabba, George. Review: "The Passion of Michel Foucault by James Miller." Boston Globe, 30 January 1993.
  3. ^ Rubenstein, Diane 1995 Modern Fiction Studies 41.3–4 681–698
  4. ^ Williams, James S. The French Review March 1997, Vol. 70, No. 4 pp. 604–605
  5. ^ Carrette, Jeremy R. Religion and culture By Michel Foucault. 1999-08-15. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  6. ^ Halperin, David M. Saint Foucault: towards a gay hagiography. Retrieved 2012-03-18.