In this book Sergey Horujy undertakes a novel comparative analysis of Foucault’s theory of practices of the self and the Eastern Orthodox ascetical tradition of Hesychasm, revealing great affinity between these two radical “subject-less” approaches to anthropology. As he facilitates the dialogue between the two, he offers both an original treatment of ascetical and mystical practices and an up-to-date interpretation of Foucault that goes against the grain of mainstream scholarship.
In the second half of the book Horujy transitions from the dialogue with Foucault to his own work of Christian philosophy, rooted in but not limited to the Eastern Christian philosophical and theological tradition. Horujy’s thinking exemplifies the postsecular nature of our contemporary period and serves as a powerful invitation to think beyond religious-secular divides in philosophy and Eastern-Western divides in intellectual history.
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About the Author
Sergey S. Horujy is founder and director of the Institute ofSynergic Anthropology in Moscow and honorary professor ofthe UNESCO Chair for Comparative Studies of SpiritualTraditions in St. Petersburg.
Boris Jakim is the foremost translator of Russian religiousthought into English. His published translations includeworks by S.L. Frank, Pavel Florensky, Vladimir Solovyov,and Sergius Bulgakov.
Table of Contents
Editor's Introduction vi
Preface to the American Edition xvi
I Foucault's Last Project, or: Hermeneutics by No Means of the Subject 1
I.1 The Language of Foucault's New Conception of the Subject 5
I.2 Sketch of the Conception 26
I.2.1 Genesis of the Practices of the Self: The Platonic Model 27
I.2.2 The Hellenistic, or "Ethical," Model 30
I.2.3 The Christian, or "Religious" Model 46
I.3 Outline of Foucault's "General Project" and Discussion of His New Conception of the Subject 65
II Spiritual Practice, Synergic Anthropology, and Foucault's Project 99
II.1 Reconstruction of the Hesychast Practice 102
II.2 From Hesychasm to Synergic Anthropology 123
II.3 Historical Sequence of Anthropological Formations 131
II.4 Anthropological Scenarios and Projects for Modernity 143
III So Where Shall We Sail? 165