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Bob Robinson, Michel Foucault: Ethics, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault (1926-1984) does not understand ethics as moral philosophy, the metaphysical and epistemological investigation of ethical concepts (metaethics) and the investigation of the criteria for evaluating actions (normative ethics), as Anglo-American philosophers do. Instead, he defines ethics as a relation of self to itself in terms of its moral agency. More specifically, ethics denotes the intentional work of an individual on itself in order to subject itself to a set of moral recommendations for conduct and, as a result of this self-forming activity or “subjectivation,” constitute its own moral being.

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2 thoughts on “Michel Foucault: Ethics. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2011)

  1. etu says:

    An article, criticizing Stanford and Routledge encyclopedias of philosophy:

    http://blog.daniyar.info/2012/10/02/narrow-minded-compilers.aspx

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