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Edward McGushin, Foucault’s Askesis. Descartes is still concerned with askesis, with practices of the self. Nevertheless, McGushin comes close to the latter position that would have individuals causing epochal shifts in the relations between power and knowledge. For example, the practices of the self associated with Stoicism rely on a medical model that Descartes will espouse as well.

If Foucault saw the dangers inherent in philosophy, he also saw its promise, and understood this as the promise of a self-reflexive practice of freedom. McGushin describes the Foucault present in these pages as interested in the etho- poetic dimension of experience, i. Like religious discourses, philosophical discourses for Foucault are both a way of contesting intolerable configurations of power and knowledge and reinforcing them.

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With Descartes we can see life itself becoming an object of medical discourse: A much more complex figure emerges as a result of these careful readings of the late lecture courses, one who attends to discontinuity as he simultaneously recognizes the similarities that bind the Western philosophical tradition fouault.


Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Furthermore, the search for truth, the practice of philosophy is here inscribed within the history of care and government: Certainly, each dispositif transforms the practices it inherits, but often the continuities McGushin unearths are just as decisive as the differences.

In order to understand Foucault’s later project, then, it is necessary to see it within the context of his earlier work. University of California Press. We are accustomed to thinking of Foucault simply as a thinker of discontinuity.

Through a detailed askexis of Foucault’s last courses, McGushin demonstrates that this new way of practicing philosophical askesis evokes Foucault’s ethical resistance to modern relations of power and knowledge.

Parrhesia arises in ancient Greece as forms of truthful speech that awaken people from their stultifying lives so that they might begin to reflect on who they are and constitute themselves otherwise.

The basic philosophical question that each individual must askesiss himself concerns what he must do in order to make himself into a subject. Heidegger on being and acting: Although his writings certainly contribute to modern scientific discourses that will serve to control and normalize individuals as disciplinary subjects, he also discovers in foucaulh texts passages that undercut this reading and function as an askesis.

Eighteenth century answers and twentieth century questions. Aesthetics, method, and epistemology, ed. From principles to anarchy. An Introduction to the Philosophical Life. Remember me on this computer. Archaeology of knowledge and the discourse on language.

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There is an essential difference between claiming that Descartes systematically responds to the rise of disciplinary askexis of power relations in his Meditations and claiming that he single-handedly causes this fundamental shift; Foucault would endorse the former view but certainly not the latter. The material is for personal use only; commercial use is not permitted.


University of Chicago Press. Thus, this work shows us Foucault in the last phase of his life in the act of becoming a philosopher.

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More recent studies include Han and Paras The tightrope McGushin walks concerns the relationship between individuals and history. Click here to sign up. Topics in Historical Philosophy. Beyond structuralism and hermeneutics.

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Ancient philosophical discourse privileges care for oneself and others over knowledge. Help Center Find new research papers in: 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.

Beginning with Descartes, one begins to see a shift from care to knowledge. 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: Log In Sign Up. Various philosophical movements and figures can arrest us and leave us caught: John McCumber Contribution by. In this his aim was not, Edward F. The most exciting dimension of this book lies in the reconfiguring of Foucault as a philosopher who is resolutely parrhesiastic, and contextualizing the ethical investigations of his last writings as a profoundly self-reflexive activity.