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Certainly, each dispositif transforms the practices it inherits, but often the continuities McGushin unearths are just as decisive as the differences. Descartes is still concerned with askesis, with practices of the self.

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Edward McGushin, Foucault’s Askesis. Cont Philos Rev For example, the practices of the self associated with Stoicism rely on a medical model that Descartes will espouse as well. Various philosophical movements and figures can arrest us and leave us caught: Like religious discourses, philosophical discourses for Foucault are both a way of contesting intolerable configurations of power and knowledge and reinforcing them.

Beyond structuralism and hermeneutics. In Essential works of Foucault, — Perhaps somewhat naively and optimistically terms not usually associated with Foucault to be surehe always saw philosophy as a way to transform oneself. 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: Furthermore, the search for truth, the practice of philosophy is here inscribed within the history of care and government: Toward an existentialist theory of history, vol.

Archaeology of knowledge and the discourse on language. In order to understand Foucault’s later project, then, it is necessary to see it within the context of his earlier work.


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 together.

The material is for personal use only; commercial use is not permitted. Topics in Historical Philosophy. Skip to main content. From principles to anarchy. McCall namely, the question of the ethos of modernity.

In this his aim was not, Edward F. We are accustomed to thinking of Foucault simply as a thinker of discontinuity. The basic philosophical question that each individual must ask himself concerns what he must do in order to make himself into a subject.

Through a detailed study 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. In other words, archaeology and genealogy complement one another. University of California Press. 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.

Between the transcendental and the history trans: In his books, lecture courses, and interviews, Foucault is attempting to recall what philosophy once was in order to show what it has become and intimate the possibilities that lie before it.

Remember me on this computer. Heidegger on being and acting: A poststructuralist mapping of history, vol. The difficulty here, of course, is that Foucault explicitly disavows any ties to traditional historiography of this sort. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. John McCumber Contribution by. The advantages of such a strategy ought to be plain: Foucault always stressed that modern power functions by producing individual subjects.


Sartre, Foucault, and historical reason: It is always a movement of thought that can potentially contest relations of power and knowledge one finds intolerable, or it can be used to justify these relations.

Foucault’s Askesis

Thus, this work shows us Foucault in the last phase of his life in the act of becoming a philosopher. In posing the question of the difference that today makes with respect to yesterday, Kant is urging a recognition of modern philosophy as a practice of freedom. 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. 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. Help Center Find new research papers in: His analyses perform the same service for Kant. More recent studies include Han and Paras Ancient philosophical discourse privileges care for oneself and others over knowledge.

Contrary to those who would simply reduce the Meditations to a basic text in epistemology, Foucault sees its profound ethical significance as well.