Foucault, Subjectivity, and Technologies of the Self

Mark G.E. Kelly*

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Abstract

In this chapter, the author analyzes Foucault's conception of subjectivity and his history of technologies of the self, the collections of practices by which subjectivity constitutes itself. The first section situates Foucault's conception of subjectivity in his overall body of work and intellectual context, particularly in relation to two figures in French philosophy. The second section explores the conception of the subject that Foucault develops in his late work. Having explained the importance of historical practices to his conception of subjectivity, the third section considers his history of Western practices of the self, mapping the relative fortunes of what Foucault calls the "technologies" of ethics and spirituality. The fourth section explores Foucault's consideration of the contemporary implications of his position, his assessment of the scope for and importance of spiritual or ethical practices today.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Foucault
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Pages510-525
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781444334067
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2013

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Foucault
  • Self
  • Spirituality
  • Subjectivity
  • Technologies

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