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News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)


Serialising a paper I wrote a while back that has ideas on Foucault I am still working on, but which is going to be absorbed into different parts of that work, so I’d like to put it here as a way of setting up some part of  what I think is important in Foucault

Foucault’s approach to antique ethics is often seen as advocating a style of living, in which the individual engages in self-invention unrestrained by inner nature or external reality.  However, Foucault’s references to style of living have an ontology in the sense that individual living, and self creation, is discussed in the context of physical nature and social relations.   Individual pleasure is only well formed where it is also care of the self, a care of the self that refers to the nature of the body, and to relations with others.  Foucault refers to an active…

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