[Blueboard] Reappropriating Ancient Ethical Practice in Postmodernity

Remmon E. Barbaza rbarbaza at ateneo.edu
Tue Jan 15 14:54:55 PHT 2008

                     The Department of Philosophy
                          School of Humanities
                      Ateneo de Manila University

                      is pleased to invite you to



                       by Fr. Luis S. DAVID, S.J.

                       on Monday, 21 January 2008

                           4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

                           SEC Lecture Hall 3

Foucault's account of the shift from the sovereign or juridical, to
the disciplinary, mode of power, produces an understanding of the
operations of power that casts these operations in terms of the
imbeddedness of humans in networks of dependencies specified by
"norms." These norms measure individual performance or behavior
according to principles of equivalency or solidarity, but also
according to the correlative "ab-normality" or difference. In the
throe of specific combinations of the normal and the abnormal,
disciplinarity grabs hold of their bodies and subjects them to its
subtle coercions. Individuals, as such, need never view themselves as
finally trapped in a specific distribution of power. For under
determinate conditions, and by means of precise strategies, they can
always broker the abnormal (and what attraction it might hold for
them), into providing just what they need to loosen the normal's or
the normative's grip upon them.

Foucault goes on to develop interesting prototypes in his
re-presentation of the ethical practices of ancient Greece. These
practices, in his view, satisfied the human desire for rules and form
at the same time that they gave scope to the human impatience for
liberty. Foucault turns to them in his late work, believing that they
may have something to offer in place of modern moral philosophy.

Luis David, S.J., earned his Ph.D in Philosophy at Boston College. He
is currently Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department.  His
research interests include Foucault and political philosophy.

The conference is free and open to the public.

For inquiries, please call the Department of Philosophy, tel. 426
5665; 426 6001, local 5360, -61.

Remmon E. Barbaza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Philosophy
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City


Tel. +63 (2) 426 5665
      +63 (2) 426 6001, loc. 5360
Fax  +63 (2) 426 5665

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