The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the College de France 1981-1982

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Palgrave Macmillan US, Apr 2, 2005 - Philosophy - 566 pages
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The Hermeneutics of the Subject is the third volume in the collection of Michel Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France, one of the world's most prestigious institutions. Faculty at the Collège give public lectures, in which they present works-in-progress on any subject of their choosing. Foucault's wide-ranging lectures influenced his groundbreaking works like The History of Sexuality and Discipline and Punish. In the lectures comprising this volume, Foucault focuses on how the "self" and the "care of the self" were convinced during the period of antiquity, beginning with Socrates. The problems of the ethical formation of the self, Foucault argues, form the background for our own questions about subjectivity and remain at the center of contemporary moral thought. This series of lectures throws new light on Foucault's final works and shows the full depth of his engagement with ancient thought. Lucid and provocative, The Hermeneutics of the Subject reveals Foucault at the height of his powers.

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Is the "self" capable of reaching the truth when only equipped with knowledge? Or can it attain the truth without a "long labor of ascesis?" Why is the concept of the "care of the self" neglected by ... Read full review

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Michel Foucault's works include Madness and Civilization and The History of Sexuality. Series editor Arnold I. Davidson teaches at the University of Chicago. Translator Graham Burchell has written essays on Michel Foucault and was an editor of The Foucault Effect. He lives in Italy.

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