The Hermeneutics of the Subject

The Hermeneutics of the Subject is a lecture course originally given by the French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault at the Collège de France in the years 1981-1982. The course details Foucault's elaboration of such concepts as "practices of the self" and the "care of the self", as manifested in what Foucault refers to as their "golden age" in Hellenistic Greece and early Rome. Foucault argues that this period put much more emphasis on taking care of oneself (prendre soin de soi-même) than knowing oneself, whereas the converse is true today.[1] The Hermeneutics of the Subject has been influential in terms of understanding the late Foucault's "ethical turn",[2][3] and has increasingly been attracting more general philosophical attention.[4]


  1. ^ Davidson, Arnold I. "The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the Collège de France 1981-1982" . Palgrave MacMillan. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  2. ^ Davidson, Arnold I. "Ethics as Ascetics: Foucault, the History of Ethics, and Ancient Thought". In Gutting, Gary (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Foucault. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 123–148.
  3. ^ Gros, Frédéric (August 2016). "Le Souci de Soi Chez Michel Foucault: A Review of the Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1981-1982". Philosophy & Social Criticism. 31 (5–6): 697–708. doi:10.1177/0191453705055496 .
  4. ^ Lorenzini, Daniele (2015). Éthique et politique de soi: Foucault, Hadot, Cavell et les techniques de l'ordinaire. Paris, France: Vrin.

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