Ideas from 'Ethics of the Concern for Self as Freedom' by Michel Foucault [1984], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Essential Works 1954-1984 I: Ethics' by Foucault,Michel (ed/tr Rabinow,Paul) [Penguin 1994,0-14-025954-6]].

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 3. Philosophy Defined
Critical philosophy is what questions domination at every level
1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 1. Continental Philosophy
Philosophy and politics are fundamentally linked
2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 2. Logos
When logos controls our desires, we have actually become the logos
13. Knowledge Criteria / E. Relativism / 1. Relativism
Saying games of truth were merely power relations would be a horrible exaggeration
16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 2. Self as Social Construct
A subject is a form which can change, in (say) political or sexual situations
22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / b. Defining ethics
Ethics is the conscious practice of freedom
25. Society / C. Social Justice / 2. Social Freedom / e. Freedom of lifestyle
The idea of liberation suggests there is a human nature which has been repressed
25. Society / C. Social Justice / 2. Social Freedom / g. Social power
The aim is not to eliminate power relations, but to reduce domination