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Constructing Foucault's Ethics: A Poststructuralist Moral Theory for the Twenty-First Century

Mark Olssen


To understand how subjects are constructed socially and historically in terms of power, and how they act through power on others and on themselves, but not to see this as a purely random process or activity where ‘anything goes’, or conversely, portray ethical actions in terms of fixed universal rules or specified teleological ends, constitutes the objective of this book. What a normative Foucault can offer us, I claim, is a critical ethics of the present that is well and truly beyond Kant, Hegel. and Marx, and which can guide action and conduct for the twenty-first century.

Keywords: continuance ethics, moral philosophy, normative theory, Foucault, Georges Canguilhem, Friedrich Nietzsche, Immanuel Kant, political pluralism, global democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781526156600
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7765/9781526156617


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Olssen, author
University of Surrey