We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. Analogous to Beauvoir's essay on Sade, this article is something of an apology for Foucault. I use Beauvoir's essay on Sade to discuss Foucault's concept of ethics as an art of living. I conclude that the final Foucault's thought on ethics can be labelled a post-existentialism, combining postmodern thinking and the issues of freedom and commitment in an inspiring way. I argue, however, that the heuristics of Foucault's later work is undertheorized.
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We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. Analogous to Beauvoir's essay on Sade, this article is something of an apology for Foucault.
I use Beauvoir's essay on Sade to discuss Foucault's concept of ethics as an art of living. I conclude that the final Foucault's thought on ethics can be labelled a post-existentialism, combining postmodern thinking and the issues of freedom and commitment in an inspiring way. I argue, however, that the heuristics of Foucault's later work is undertheorized.
Comparing Foucault's approach with Beauvoir's own concept of ethics as art of living shows hers to be superior in that it has a place for the emotions. The cold stoicism of the final Foucault only deals with emotion from the point of view of repression and sublimation. Foucault's post-existentialism must therefore be enriched with Beauvoir's concepts. I conclude that aspects of the theoretical frameworks of both Foucault and Beauvoir can contribute to the solution of some of the dilemmas of postmodern thinking with respect to politics and political theory.
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Simone de Beauvoir
Must We Burn Sade? The Marquis de Sade has been labeled everything from a sadomasochistic pornographer The Days of Sodom to the fiction writer responsible for the ideas that led to the Nazi death camps. Deepak Narang Sawhney points out that "Sade's legacy has been neglected, recreated, fictionalized, and venerated by medical guilds, literary hacks, religious detractors, and intellectual movements. In the past two centuries, Sade has come to represent many things for many people. It is unclear whether we know Sade the writer or the apparatus which has been set up to either condemn or to sanctify his life and work.
Must We Burn De Sade?
There are some thinkers who are, from the very beginning, unambiguously identified as philosophers e. There are others whose philosophical place is forever contested e. Simone de Beauvoir is one of these belatedly acknowledged philosophers. That place is now uncontested.
‘Must we burn Foucault?’ Ethics as art of living: Simone de Beauvoir and Michel Foucault