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Ethics, aesthetics and the transformation of the self : Foucault's practice of philosophy
thesisposted on 1999-01-01, 00:00 authored by Timothy Eugene. O'Leary
Drawing in part on research carried out in the Foucault archives in Paris, the thesis both undertakes a critical assessment of Foucault's late work and attempts to reconstruct the ethical attitude which was emerging in that work. It situates Foucault's project in the context of its Nietzschean inspiration and offers a Foucauldian model of ethics as an aesthetic, transformative work carried out upon the self - as a 'spiritual exercise' in which the critical practice of philosophy takes a central role.