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Le souci de soi chez Michel Foucault

Le souci de soi chez Michel Foucault 11 Gros 055496 (bc-s) 2/9/05 1:32 pm Page 697 Frédéric Gros Le souci de soi chez Michel Foucault A review of The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1981–1982 I would like to put forward a few reflections concerning the course given by Foucault at the Collège de France in 1982: ‘The Hermenetics of the Subject’. First, it is important to note that the title of the course is mis- leading. For Foucault the term ‘hermeneutic’ most often designates a specifically Christian subjective attitude (whose slow elaboration from Tertullian to Cassian Foucault describes, focusing on practices of peni- tence, in his 1980 collège course: ‘The Government of the Living’). The hermeneutics of the self is the meticulous, analytical interpretation (déchiffrement) of one’s states of consciousness, the reading (lecture) of the traces of desire in one’s own thoughts, etc. That is to say, at base, everything implied by the practices of confession and avowal. In the 1982 course it is not a matter of describing these Christian techniques of the self, but rather of opposing them to others: the ‘spiritual exer- cises’ (to borrow the expression of Pierre Hadot) elaborated in ancient philosophy. Clearly, Foucault, in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy & Social Criticism: An International, Interdisciplinary Journal SAGE

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11 Gros 055496 (bc-s) 2/9/05 1:32 pm Page 697 Frédéric Gros Le souci de soi chez Michel Foucault A review of The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1981–1982 I would like to put forward a few reflections concerning the course given by Foucault at the Collège de France in 1982: ‘The Hermenetics of the Subject’. First, it is important to note that the title of the course is mis- leading. For Foucault the term ‘hermeneutic’ most often designates a specifically Christian subjective attitude (whose slow elaboration from Tertullian to Cassian Foucault describes, focusing on practices of peni- tence, in his 1980 collège course: ‘The Government of the Living’). The hermeneutics of the self is the meticulous, analytical interpretation (déchiffrement) of one’s states of consciousness, the reading (lecture) of the traces of desire in one’s own thoughts, etc. That is to say, at base, everything implied by the practices of confession and avowal. In the 1982 course it is not a matter of describing these Christian techniques of the self, but rather of opposing them to others: the ‘spiritual exer- cises’ (to borrow the expression of Pierre Hadot) elaborated in ancient philosophy. Clearly, Foucault, in

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Published: Sep 1, 2005

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