[Blueboard] Lecture: Reclaiming Antiquity Within the Spaces of Disciplinarity

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Mon Nov 17 11:59:43 PHT 2008

                          The Department of Philosophy
                              School of Humanities

                             cordially invites you to

             "Reclaiming Antiquity Within the Spaces of Disciplinarity:
                          Transgression as Transcendence"

                                    a lecture by

                            Fr. Luis S. David, S.J., Ph.D.
                           Associate Professor in Philosophy

                               Friday, 21 November 2008
                                   4:30 - 6:00 PM
                      Natividad Galang Fajardo Conference Room
                            Ground Floor, De la Costa Hall


Foucault's account of the shift from the sovereign, or judicial, to  
the disciplinary mode of power produces an understanding of the  
operations of power cast in terms of individuals' imbeddedness within  
networks of dependencies specified by "norms" that measure individual  
performance according to the principles of equivalency (solidarity)  
and difference ("abnormality"). Individuals, therefore, must not  
understand themselves finally ensnared or trapped by the specific  
distribution of power within which they find themselves. For under  
determinate conditions and according to precise strategies, operating  
upon the continuum running between the "normal" and the "abnormal,"  
they can always modify power's grip upon themselves. Foucault finds  
interesting prototypes for this manner of proceeding in the ethical  
practices of ancient Greece that, 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.

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.

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