From: xavier delcourt <delcourt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 14:17:58 +0200
history, story. This equivocity exists in the french word "histoire". A
traditionnal solution, if you really want to escape from it, is to use
a capital H (Histoire) whenever you mean Herodotean way of testifying
about things which happened. But then, you have a confusion between a
type of knowledge (sacralised) and its field of objects (naturalised).
No way out, in french, I am afraid. It's part of our problem with
history. And latin doesn't help on that matter.
Le 29 mars 06, à 11:55, michael bibby a écrit :
First of all, I should like to say that the
phraseology 'aesthetics of the self' seems to me to
confuse the related concepts of 'art' and
'technology', that is, the 'aethetics/art of
existence' and the 'technologies of the self', both of
which cut a dominate figure in the introduction to the
second volume of the history of sexuality- 'the use of
pleasure'- in the context of the art of living and
self application. Secondly, it needs to be pointed out
that the greek word 'techne' is often translated as
'art' or 'skill' (i.e., in plato and aristotle). And I
suppose it only remains to be said that the greek
'askesis' seems to capture the kind of relation
between art and technology your talking about.
Unfortunately I haven't got The Use of Pleasure close
at hand, but you would do well to interogate it with
your questions. I would only further suggest
consulting a greek lexicon on the terms 'techne' and
'askesis' (I cannot type greek fonts in my email
programe, or rather, I dont know how, but you
should'nt have many problems with the
Perhaps someone can help me with some french while I
am here. The french word 'historie' is often rendered
in english, so far as I know, as either 'story' or
'history', so I was wondering if their is a specific
term for designating history proper. What about latin?
--- Alexandre Beliaev <alexandre_beliaev@xxxxxxxxx>
I'd greatly appreciate it if somebody could offer
thoughts on the distinction between "art" and
"technology" (that is, if there is a distinction) in
Foucault's discussion of "aesthetics of the self."
With many thanks,
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