Putting it together: Albert Camus, Michel Foucault and an ethics of the self

Parkes, Geoffrey (2008) Putting it together: Albert Camus, Michel Foucault and an ethics of the self. University of Bucharest Review, 10 (2). pp. 67-72. ISSN 1454-9328

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Throughout modernity, the postmodern, and its aftermath, the self, its forms of existence and its very existence have been questioned. But what if, as Jonathan Dollimore writes, 'the neuroses, anxiety and alienation associated with the self in crisis are not as much the consequences of its recent breakdown as the very stuff of its creation, and of the culture-Western European Culture-which is sustains?'
And what if we review the works of Albert Camus and Michel Foucault in this context, analysing their works as both works on the self (oeuvre) and works on their selves (travaille1)? What are the parallels between these dissimilar icons of post-Holocaust French thought and how might their being read together aid our understanding of what it means to craft an ethics of the self! This paper draws on my research into the possibilities of a post-Holocaust ethics of the self, using two writers whose work has been marginalised in the 'turn to ethics'. By viewing their work in relation to events ( their own time and their engagement with debates about the self, we see their importance in contemporary discussions and the value of their self-reflexive action and radical scepticism in crafting our selves.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 05:36
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 03:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: Michel Foucault; Albert Camus; ethics of the self; selftran; ormation; absurdity
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220305 Ethical Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220319 Social Philosophy
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18812

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