"What Is Critique?" and "The Culture of the Self" - The Chicago Foucault Project (Hardback)
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"What Is Critique?" and "The Culture of the Self" - The Chicago Foucault Project (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages
Published: 02/01/2024
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Newly published lectures by Foucault on critique, Enlightenment, and the care of the self.
 
On May 27, 1978, Michel Foucault gave a lecture to the French Society of Philosophy where he redefined his entire philosophical project in light of Immanuel Kant’s 1784 text “What Is Enlightenment?” Foucault strikingly characterizes critique as the political and moral attitude consisting in the “art of not being governed like this,” one that performs the function of destabilizing power relations and creating the space for a new formation of the self within the “politics of truth.”

This volume presents the first critical edition of this crucial lecture alongside a previously unpublished lecture about the culture of the self and three public debates with Foucault at the University of California, Berkeley, in April 1983. There, for the first time, Foucault establishes a direct connection between his reflections on the Enlightenment and his analyses of Greco-Roman antiquity. However, far from suggesting a return to the ancient culture of the self, Foucault invites his audience to build a “new ethics” that bypasses the traditional references to religion, law, and science.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226383446
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm


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“Between 1978 and 1983, Foucault’s work underwent a dramatic and much-discussed shift from a focus on governmentality and biopolitics to an exploration of ancient techniques and practices of the self. This new volume juxtaposes two texts that chart this transformation and situate it in relation to Foucault’s simultaneously emerging interest in reanimating Kantian notions of critique and enlightenment. This volume will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Foucault’s late work and its relevance for the practice of critical theory, broadly construed.” - Amy Allen, Penn State University

“In his lectures, Foucault often sharply sums up essential ideas about his work. These two seminal lectures, ‘What Is Critique?’ and ‘The Culture of the Self,’ are no exception. They reveal the stakes of his inquiry: philosophy has always been, since its inception, a practice of critique and a technology of the self. It is in this dual task that we must still find its meaning today.” - Johanna Oksala, Loyola University Chicago

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