Foucault SWA - Alana Davicino We are the inheritors of a...

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Alana Davicino We are the inheritors of a social morality which seeks the rules for acceptable behavior in relations with others. Since the sixteenth century, criticism of established morality has been undertaken in the name of the importance of recognizing and knowing the self. Therefore, it is difficult to see concern with oneself as compatible with morality. “Know thyself” has obscured “Take care of yourself” because our morality, a morality of asceticism, insists that the self is that which one can reject. - Michel Foucault, Technologies of the Self, p. 22 In the beginning of his work Technologies of the Self , Michel Foucault examines the “Development of Technologies of Self” (Foucault 19), the evolution of self-care throughout thousands of years of human history, dating all the way back to the Greek and Roman civilizations. What I found most interesting was that he talks less about the evolution of actual self-care practices and more about the way society perceives self-care.
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