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Foucault: Biopolitics and the Care of the Self

Semester and Year FA 2014
Course Number IDSEM-UG1339
Section 001
Instructor Bradley Lewis
Days Tue
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement HUM

Description

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.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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