Sunday, March 25, 2007

Transforming and surpassing the self

Just like Kant’s Third Critique, the Volume-3 of The History of Sexuality by Foucault is also a much neglected treatise. The following quote from Arnold I. Davidson [Ed. Jan Goldstein] highlights Foucault’s spiritual agenda [TNM]:

I would claim, following Pierre Hodot, that one of the most distinctive features of that care of the self studied by Foucault…is its indissociable link with this cosmic consciousness; one philosophical aim of this care of the self is to transform oneself so that one places oneself in the perspective of the cosmic whole…[To] raise the self to a universal level, that place the self within a cosmic dimension that at the same time transforms the self, even to the point…of surpassing the self.

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