This Is Not a Pipe (book)  

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This Is Not a Pipe is a book by French philosopher Michel Foucault first published in 1973 as Ceci n'est pas une pipe. Its first English translation dates from 1991.

In this book, Michel Foucault discusses Magritte's painting The Treachery Of Images (La trahison des images) and its paradox.)

From its product description:

What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? René Magritte's famous canvas provides the starting point for a delightful homage by the French philosopher-historian Michel Foucault. Much better known for his incisive and mordant explorations of power and social exclusion, Foucault here assumes a more playful stance. By exploring the nuances and ambiguities of Magritte's visual critique of language, he finds the painter less removed than previously thought from the pioneers of modern abstraction--"confronting them and within a common system, a figure at once opposed and complementary."

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