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Now available for pre-order on the University of Chicago Press website.
Michel Foucault, What Is Critique? & The Culture of the Self
Edited by Henri-Paul Fruchaud, Daniele Lorenzini, and Arnold I. Davidson
Translated by Clare O’Farrell
, University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2024,
ISBN-13: 9780226383446, Publication date: 01/15/2024, 208pp, Hardcover (First Edition): $35.00

Newly published lectures by Foucault on critique, Enlightenment, and the care of the self.

On May 27, 1978, Michel Foucault gave a lecture to the French Society of Philosophy where he redefines his entire philosophical project in light of Immanuel Kant’s 1784 text, “What Is Enlightenment?” Foucault strikingly characterizes critique as the political and moral attitude consisting in the “art of not being governed in this particular way,” one that performs the function of destabilizing power relations and creating the space for a new formation of the self within the “politics of truth.”

This volume presents the first critical edition of this crucial lecture alongside a previously unpublished lecture about the culture of the self and three public debates with Foucault at the University of California, Berkeley in April 1983. There, for the first time, Foucault establishes a direct connection between his reflections on Enlightenment and his analyses of Greco-Roman antiquity. However, far from suggesting a return to the ancient culture of the self, Foucault invites his audience to build a “new ethics” that bypasses the traditional references to religion, law, and science.

One thought on “Michel Foucault, “What Is Critique?” and “The Culture of the Self” (2024)

  1. stuartelden says:

    Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:
    Pre-order details for these important essays and related texts.


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