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Like religious discourses, philosophical discourses for Foucault are both a way of contesting intolerable configurations of power and knowledge and reinforcing them.

Aesthetics, method, and epistemology, ed. University of Chicago Press. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. McCall namely, the question of the ethos of modernity. His analyses perform the same aksesis for Kant. McGushin describes the Foucault present in these pages as interested in the etho- poetic dimension of experience, i.

A poststructuralist mapping of history, vol. Various philosophical movements and figures can arrest us and leave us caught: Archaeology of knowledge and the discourse on language. There is an essential difference between claiming that Descartes systematically responds to the rise of disciplinary modes of power relations in his Meditations and claiming that he single-handedly causes askewis fundamental shift; Foucault would endorse the former view but certainly not the latter. The difficulty here, of course, is that Foucault explicitly disavows any ties to traditional historiography of this sort.

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Foucault’s Askesis

Indeed, the only way that he can be secure in his self identity is through self-knowledge, and through the realization that the 6 An interesting feature of this approach is that Nietzsche recedes into the background.


The key element that distinguishes his thought from that of his predecessors is that they sought knowledge so that they might care for their souls and those of their fellow men, whereas Descartes undertakes practices of the self so that he might have certain knowledge.

Although his writings certainly contribute to modern scientific discourses that will serve to control and normalize individuals as disciplinary subjects, he also discovers in these texts passages that undercut this reading and function as an askesis. In other words, archaeology and genealogy complement one another.

Skip to main content. Perhaps somewhat naively and optimistically terms not usually associated with Foucault to be surehe always saw philosophy as a way to transform oneself.

Certainly, each dispositif transforms the practices it inherits, but often the continuities McGushin unearths are just as decisive as the differences. In foucualt the question of the difference that today makes with respect to yesterday, Kant is urging a recognition of modern philosophy as a practice of fucault. According to Foucault, Kant believes that it is only through self-discipline that autonomy becomes possible.

Cont Philos Rev In this his aim was not, Edward F. Here we see how his encounter with ancient philosophy allowed him to experience the practice of philosophy as, to paraphrase Nietzsche, a way of becoming who one is: From principles to anarchy.

John McCumber Contribution by. For example, the practices of the self associated with Stoicism rely on a medical model foufault Descartes will espouse as well. References Dreyfus, Hubert L. In order to understand Foucault’s later project, then, it is necessary to see it within the context of his earlier work.

Heidegger on being and acting: In Essential works of Foucault, — Descartes is still concerned with askesis, with practices of the self. Toward an existentialist theory of history, vol.


Ancient philosophical discourse privileges care for oneself and others over knowledge. Parrhesia arises in ancient Greece as forms of truthful speech that awaken people from their stultifying lives askesix that they might begin to reflect on who they are and constitute themselves otherwise. If his earlier projects represented an attempt to bring to light the relations of power and knowledge that narrowed and limited freedom, then foicault last project represents his effort to take back that freedom by redefining it in terms of care of the self.

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Beyond power and knowledge. With Descartes we can see life itself becoming an object of medical discourse: Furthermore, the search for truth, the practice of philosophy is here inscribed within the history of care and government: This is finally the most worthwhile insight in fouccault very interesting book: Log In Sign Up. The material is for personal use only; commercial use is not permitted. The tightrope McGushin walks concerns the relationship between individuals and history.

Sartre, Foucault, and historical reason: Click here to sign up. We are accustomed to thinking of Foucault simply as a thinker of discontinuity. This book shows how his excavation of ancient philosophical practices gave him the tools to counter this function-with a practice of self-formation, an askesis.

An Introduction to the Philosophical Life.

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