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Foucault's Askesis
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In his renowned courses at the Collège de France from 1982 to 1984, Michel Foucault devoted his lectures to meticulous readings and interpretations of the works of Plato, Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius, among others. In this his aim was not, Edward F. McGushin contends, to develop a new knowledge of the history of philosophy; rather, it was to let himself be transformed by the very activity of thinking. Thus, this work shows us Foucault in the last phase of his life in the act of becoming a philosopher. Here we see how his encounter with ancient philosophy allowed him to experience the practice of philosophy as, to paraphrase Nietzsche, a way of becoming who one is: the work of self formation that the Greeks called askésis.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxx
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  1. Part 1. Philosophy as Care of the Self
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. 1. Truth as a Problem
  2. pp. 5-42
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  1. 2. The Socratic Moment
  2. pp. 43-96
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  1. 3. The Poetics of the Subject
  2. pp. 97-147
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  1. 4. The Cynic and the True Life
  2. pp. 148-172
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  1. Part 2. Care of the Self and Parrhēsia in the Age of Reason
  2. pp. 173-174
  1. 5. Foucault's Cartesian Meditations
  2. pp. 175-194
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  1. 6. The Prince and the Pastor: Figures of Power, Care, and Parrhēsia
  2. pp. 195-221
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  1. 7. Rage for Order: The Advent of Biopower
  2. pp. 222-241
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  1. 8. Toward a Critique of the Present
  2. pp. 242-281
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  1. Conclusion: A New Poetics of Philosophy
  2. pp. 282-288
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 291-332
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 333-339
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 341-347
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 349
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