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Foucault: Biopolitics and the Care of the Self

Semester and Year FA 2019
Course Number IDSEM-UG1339
Section 001
Instructor Bradley Lewis
Days T
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM



French philosopher and cultural historian Michel Foucault’s radical approach to the power, knowledge, and subjectivity destabilized rigid distinctions between the individual and discursive structures, and it anticipated a new form of "bio-politics." These approaches have been broadly influential across the humanities, cultural studies, and social theory. Foucault’s later work on care of the self was devoted to understanding philosophy as a way of life, a spiritual exercise, and a practice of freedom. This work opens up new ways of thinking about ancient philosophy and religious life which is increasingly important for religious studies. This seminar is devoted to a close reading of Foucault’s work. Authors we discuss beyond Foucault include Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Pierre Hadot.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)