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The History of Sexuality: 3 : The Care of the Self

Foucault, Michel
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: April 9, 2020
ISBN: 9780241386002
288 pages

£12.99

‘Bristles with provocative insights into the tangled liaisons of sex and self’ Times Higher Education

In the third volume of his acclaimed examination of sexuality in modern Western society, Foucault investigates the Golden Age of Rome to reveal a decisive break from the classical Greek version of sexual pleasure. Exploring the moral reflections of philosophers and physicians of the era, he identifies a growing anxiety over sexual activity and its consequences. At the core of this transformation Foucault found the principles of the ‘care of the self’: the belief that the self is an object of knowledge to be cultivated over time, and the implications this has for ethics and behaviour.

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