The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the College de France 1981--1982
The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the College de France 1981--1982, by Michel Foucault, introduction by Arnold I. Davidson. The Hermeneutics of the Subject is the third volume in the collection of Michel Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France, where Foucault's candid and wide-ranging lectures influenced groundbreaking works like The History of Sexuality and Madness and Civilization. In the lectures comprising this volume, Foucault focuses on how the "self" and the "care of the self" have been conceived during the period of antiquity, beginning with Socrates. The problems of the ethical formation of the self, Foucault argues, form the background for modern conceptions of the self and remain at the center of contemporary moral thought. Engaging and provocative, The Hermeneutics of the Subject reveals Foucault at the height of his powers.