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The Use of Pleasure

Comment ontributed by Colin Gordon, April 2003.

French Original
‘Je ne suis ni helleniste ni latiniste…. la proximité qui demeure en dépit de cet éloignement que nous creusons sans cesse.
Michel Foucault. (1984). L’Usage des plaisirs. Paris: Gallimard, p. 13, n.1

Published English Translation
‘I am neither a Hellenist nor a Latinist… the proximity that remains in spite of that distance which we never cease to explore.’
Michel Foucault. (1986). The Use of Pleasure. The History of Sexuality: 2, Vintage, p. 7 n.1.

Alternative Translation
‘…the proximity that remains in spite of the intervening distance which we are constantly extending.’

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