• Askesis, Critique and Tradition: Foucault and Benjamin

    Ori Rotlevy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    • 23 September, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 282 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • A central concept in Foucault’s later work is Askesis: an exercise of oneself, related to self-mastery and self-transformation. The concept of “ascetic schooling” in the foreword to Benjamin’s Origin of the German Trauerspiel has a similarly significant role, much neglected by scholarship. Both Foucault’s askesis and Benjamin’s “ascetic schooling” relate to the transformation of the subject through arduous work as fundamental […]

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