The work of Michel Foucault has been extremely influential in fields as varied as philosophy, history, cultural studies, sociology and sexuality studies. In his later work, Foucault turbaned to the question of ethics. Working back through history, through the Christian interrogation of desire to the origins of the self in the texts of classical Greece, Foucault attempted to conceive of ethics as an art of the self, as an aesthetics of existence and as a practice of liberty.
Foucault and the Art of Ethics argues that Foucault's exploration of the history of sexuality and his reinterpretation of the critical philosophical tradition combine to frame a new approach both to the way we understand the tasks of philosophy and to the way we live our lives.
The book is essential reading for all those working at the intersection of contemporary debates in philosophy, ethics, politics and cultural studies.
About the Author
Timothy O'Leary is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. He has spent several years working in the Foucault Archives and has published on Foucault, aesthetics and literature. He is the author of Foucault and the Art of Ethics (Continuum 2006).
Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsA Note on Citations and Sources
Part One:1. The Jourbaney to Greece2. Alcibiades Goes Wilde3. The Style of Domination4. The Ends of Ethics5. Strange Stories and Queer Stoics
Part Two:6. Refusing the Self7. Creating a Self Oneself8. The Practice of Philosophy9. The Art of Freedom10. Conclusion