Argues that Michel Foucault's exploration of the history of sexuality and his reinterpretation of the critical philosophical tradition combine to frame a different approach. This book is of interest to those working at the intersection of contemporary debates in philosophy, ethics, politics and cultural studies.
The work of Michel Foucault has been extremely influential in fields as varied as philosophy, history, cultural studies, sociology and sexuality studies. In his later work, Foucault turned to the question of ethics. Working back through history, through the Christian interrogation of desire to the origins of the self in the texts of classical Greece, Foucault attempted to conceive of ethics as an art of the self, as an aesthetics of existence and as a practice of liberty. Foucault and the Art of Ethics argues that Foucault's exploration of the history of sexuality and his reinterpretation of the critical philosophical tradition combine to frame a new approach both to the way we understand the tasks of philosophy and to the way we live our lives. The book is essential reading for all those working at the intersection of contemporary debates in philosophy, ethics, politics and cultural studies.
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"'Foucault and the Art of Ethics is an excellent, critical exploration of the contribution which Foucault's philosophy makes to the contemporary discussion of morality. It shows that Foucault is a significant thinker because, unlike so many other contemporary philosophers, he asked the most important questions: How are we to live?' James Bernauer, Boston College"
About Timothy O'Leary
Timothy O'Leary is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. He has spent several years working in the Foucault Archives and has published on Foucault, aesthetics and literature.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; A Note on Citations and Sources; Introduction; Part One:; 1. The Journey to Greece; 2. Alcibiades Goes Wilde; 3. The Style of Domination; 4. The Ends of Ethics; 5. Strange Stories and Queer Stoics; Part Two:; 6. Refusing the Self; 7. Creating a Self Oneself; 8. The Practice of Philosophy. 9. The Art of Freedom; 10. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Foucault and the Art of Ethics by Timothy O'Leary
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