RE: Epistemology

Can I get in on this for a moment here: I mentioned earlier (wks. ago)
about an interst in F's ethics. Walker's note raises this again re F's
productive "truth" and "power" in terms of (self)discpline as part of the
making of the self, the living of a 'good' life; the project of the self
as a work of art. For Nietzsche, the focus on discpline as part of an
aesthetics of self-constitution is culturally marked, no? Isn't the
preoccupatiion with this particular version/vision of an aesthetic &
'beautiful' life subtended by self-discipline, an unmistakably Euro and
masculine epistemology?? Comments?

Carmen Luke

On Mon, 22 May 1995, S.S. Walker wrote:

> I haven't read Alcof's essay but I'd agree with Mile's post that
> Foucault is concerned with the practices of truth. That he is concerned
> with a "history of truth" means precisely that he's not advancing a
> "general theory", but a genealogical investigation into the conditions of
> possibility for "truth" in a historical constellation (Foucault maintains
> the archealogical project throughout his work - the constitution of
> discursive objects, the possibilities fo their connections and
> organisations <see Spivak's "Outside in the Teachin Machine">). He then
> asks "What is the cost of telling the truth?". However, in his later work
> he doesn't always mark "truth" as oppressive but as a positive value in
> the living of a beautiful life - as with Neitszche discipline is part of
> an aesthetics of living.


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