Foucault, Education, the Self and Modernity

Michel Foucault is often criticised in English-speaking circles  for being interested only in power as domination, and  of being uninterested in freedom and social reform.  This  paper shows, however,  that Foucault’s overarching concern was with  the constitution of  the self under conditions of modernity. It emphasises the significance of his interest  in  the Classical project  of  “self-care“, and of his counter-modernist educational programme  in which the skills of self-governance and  the ethical  (non-dominating) governance of others, as well as the  practice of freedom through self-creation, are  the key ingredients.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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