March 06-08, 2017

                                                International Conference


                           Ethical and political questions in the late Foucault

                                                                           6-8 March 2017

                                                 IFILNOVA – EPLab / FCSH – Philosophy Department

                                                          I&D Multiusos 2-3, Av. Berna 26C, Lisbon


Michel Foucault’s last lecture series at Collège de France constitute a unity that testifies a shift in his thought. This shift deepens and expands the course of his preceding works concerning the genealogy of subjectivity, while, at the same time, adding to it a significant ethical and political dimension. Foucault returns to the practices of the self in antiquity and looks at the birth of the techniques of truth that allow us to understand how the Western subject has developed from the creation of particular relationships with its own body and other subjectivities. At the same time, these courses put in evidence the relationship between truth and power which lies at the core of Western forms of power and even Western democracy, thus inciting us to question our current political environment and face some political challenges of our time. Finally, Foucault’s concern in these last years with the technologies of ethical self-formation through what he calls “care of the self” sheds new light on his philosophical endeavor as a whole and situates his reflections at the center of contemporaneous moral debates.

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of The Hermeneutics of the Subject (1981-1982) and celebrating the conclusion of the publication of all the lecture courses from the 1980s - from On the Government of the Living (1979-1980) to The Courage of Truth (1984) -, this conference aims to (re)launch the critical debate on the last stage of Foucault’s thought, evaluating in what way and to which extent the perspectives that Foucault offers in this period might help us to unravel modernity and also give us tools to ethically and politically understand and transform our present.


Keynote Speakers

Judith Revel (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre) 
João Constâncio (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) 
Philippe Sabot (Université de Lille) 
Luca Lupo (Universitá della Calabria) 
Ernani Chaves (Universidade Federal do Pará)



Marta Faustino, Gianfranco Ferraro, Luís de Sousa


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