Foucault, Subjectivity, and Identity: Historical Constructions of Subject and Self

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Wayne State University Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 292 pages
An examination of the notions of subject and self from the Sophists to Foucault. Although the writings of Foucault have had tremendous impact on contemporary thinking about subjectivity, notions of the subject have a considerable history. In Foucault, Subjectivity and Identity Robert Strozier examines ideas of subject and self that have developed throughout western thought. He expands Foucault's idea of the subject as historically determined into a wide-ranging treatment of ideas of subjectivity, extending from those expressed by the ancient Sophists to notions of the subject at the end of the twentieth century. Strozier examines these traditions against the background of Foucault's work, especially Foucault's later writings on the history of self-relation and the subject and his idea of historical subjectivity in general. Strozier explores various periods of western thought, notably the Hellenistic era, the early Italian Renaissance, and the seventeenth century, to show that almost every treatment of subjectivity is related to the Sophist idea of the originating Subject. Drawing on a wide spectrum of writings - by Epicurus and Seneca, Petrarch and Montaigne, Dickens and Conrad, Fr
 

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Contents

PREFACE
9
How Men Invented Themselves
21
Foucault and the Discourse of Subjectivity
51
Chapter3
79
Foucault and Materialist Reasoning
111
Chapter 5
120
Foucault Historical SelfRelation and the Ancients
139
Chapter 6
166
Renaissance Humanism Interiority and SelfRelation
175
Descartes Interiority and Identity
209
Kant and Subjective Traditions
235
Kants Dehistoricization of the Subject
255
CoNclusion
267
BibliographY
275
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