Foucault 40 years after: Workshop on the culture of the self

The aim of this three-hour workshop is to spark an insightful discussion on the relevance of Foucault’s late ethico-political thought (1975-84). The discussion will focus on Foucault’s Berkley lecture titled “The Culture of the Self” (1983), delivered a year before his death. Foucault here self-diagnoses and underscores his shift from an emphasis on the ‘analysis of our relation first to truth and then to obligation’ to the ‘relation to oneself and the techniques which have shaped those relations’: ‘the historical ontology of ourselves’. Beyond merely situating Foucault within his historical context by consulting lectures, interviews from the last decade, and The History of Sexuality, we hope to reevaluate the relevance of concepts such as the ‘historical ontology of ourselves’, ‘techniques of the self’, and ‘care of the self’ in the contemporary landscape. Through this inquiry, we seek to discern how Foucault’s insights resonate with the challenges and exigencies of the present moment and what implications they hold for contemporary philosophical discourse.

  • Host City, Country

    London, United Kingdom

  • Dates

    June 20th, 2024

  • Organizing university or institution

    King’s College London

  • Place where the event will be held

    King’s College London, Strand Campus

  • Name(s) of organizer(s)

    Alexander Theo Giesen