Feminism and the final Foucault / edited by Dianna Taylor and Karen Vintges.

by Taylor, DiannaLooking glass; Vintges, KarenLooking glass.

Publisher: Urbana, Ill. : University of Illinois Press, 2004.Description: 320 pages ; 23cm.ISBN: 0252029275; 0252071824.Subject(s): Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984Looking glass | Feminist ethicsLooking glass | Feminist theoryLooking glass | Postmodernism -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Power (Social sciences)Looking glass | SelfLooking glass | Feminist theoryLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Feminism and the Final Foucault is the first systematic offering of contemporary, international feminist perspectives on the later work of philosopher Michel Foucault.

Rather than simply debating the merits or limitations of Foucault's later work, the essays in this collection examine women's historical self-practices, conceive of feminism as a shared ethos, and consider the political significance of this conceptualization in order to elucidate, experiment with, and put into practice the conceptual "tools" that Foucault offers for feminist ethics and politics. The volume illustrates the ways in which Foucault's later thinking on ethics as "care of the self" can reintroduce a number of issues and themes that feminists jettisoned in the wake of postmodernism, including consciousness raising, feminist therapy, the subject woman, identity politics, and feminist agency.

Taken as a whole, the diversity of feminist viewpoints presented provide important new insights into "the final Foucault," and thus serve as a productive intervention in current Foucault scholarship.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1 Women's self-practices as ethos: Historical perspectives
  • Part 2 Feminism as ethos
  • Part 3 Feminist ethos as politics

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dianna Taylor is an assistant professor of philosophy at John Carroll University. Karen Vintges, a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, has published Philosophy as Passion: The Thinking of Simone de Beauvoir, and other books.

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