Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, social theorist, historian of ideas, and literary critic. His philosophical theories addressed what power is and how it works, the manner in which it controls knowledge and vice versa, and how it is used as a form of social control. Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, social anthropology of medicine, the human sciences, the prison system, and the history of human sexuality. His writings on power, knowledge, and discourse have been widely influential in academic circles. Learn more about the prominent French academic Michel Foucault, his life and works in this book.