Foucault's Critical Ethics (Just Ideas (FUP)) by Richard A. Lynch

By Richard A. Lynch

The significant thesis of Foucault's severe Ethics is that Foucault's account of strength doesn't foreclose the potential of ethics; to the contrary, it offers a framework during which ethics turns into attainable. Tracing the evolution of Foucault's research of strength from his early articulations of disciplinary strength to his theorizations of biopower and governmentality, Richard A. Lynch indicates how Foucault's moral venture emerged via interwoven trajectories: research of classical practices of the care of the self, and engaged perform in and mirrored image upon the boundaries of sexuality and the improvement of friendship in homosexual groups. those strands of expertise and inquiry allowed Foucault to advance contrasting but interwoven features of his ethics; in addition they underscored how moral perform emerges inside and from contexts of strength relatives. The homosexual community's reaction to AIDS and its parallels with the feminist ethics of care serve to demonstrate the assets of a Foucauldian ethic-a essentially severe angle, with great (but revisable) values and norms grounded in a tradition of freedom.

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Foucault's Critical Ethics (Just Ideas (FUP))

The imperative thesis of Foucault's severe Ethics is that Foucault's account of strength doesn't foreclose the potential of ethics; to the contrary, it offers a framework in which ethics turns into attainable. Tracing the evolution of Foucault's research of strength from his early articulations of disciplinary strength to his theorizations of biopower and governmentality, Richard A.

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However, Foucault’s analysis demonstrates that disciplinary power cannot describe all of power—Foucault’s analysis is not yet complete—and even within discipline, there are resources for an ethics. Foucault’s analysis of power, therefore, needed to be broadened, as we shall see in Chapter 3. Initially exploring the limitations of a model of “politics as the continuation of war” (a model at the core of his analysis of discipline), we shall see how Foucault had to situate disciplinary power as a micropower to which other macro forms cannot be reduced.

1). The triangular area formed between these three lines constitutes, on Flynn’s reading, Foucault’s account of experience. Flynn’s model is quite useful, but it still suggests that power and ethics are two distinct poles of analysis rather than interrelated threads. A third approach is to consider Foucault’s analyses of power and ethics not as intersecting or parallel vectors but as overlapping explanations that must be integrated. That is, neither the analysis of power nor the account of ethics can be considered a “complete” social analysis.

Fourth and finally, we will discuss the methodological guidelines that Foucault outlined for the use of this theory. Once we understand power as a network of force relations that infuse all our social interactions, we will be able to trace in more detail the development of Foucault’s account of power. After our initial theoretical exposition, we shall examine three “moments” in the evolution of Foucault’s theory of power and his approach to ethics. In Chapter 2, we will address the first moment—roughly in 1974 through 1976, especially Discipline and Punish.

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