[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Seminar on Tuesday the 6th of June: Christopher Davidson (Ball State University)

Adam Hochman adam.hochman at mq.edu.au
Fri Jun 2 14:39:56 AEST 2017

Discipline and Educate: Ethical Government of Self and Other from Descartes to Kant

Christopher Davidson (Ball State University)

Date: Tuesday, 6th of June
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: W6A 708, Macquarie University

All welcome

Abstract: Foucault, in his History of Sexuality volumes Use of Pleasure and Care of the Self, claims that Ancient philosophy generally privileged ethos over theoretical knowledge: not only was the good life a more important goal than knowledge, but ethical self-mastery was required before one could properly philosophize.

Ethics’ dual priority was later weakened or eliminated, he hinted, primarily by Descartes and Kant.

However, Foucault died before exploring the Early Modern relation of ethics and theory. We explore this relation through self-governance in Descartes and Spinoza (revealing a weaker but not eliminated precedence of ethical self-discipline over other theoretical tasks) and the moral education of children in Locke and Kant (showing that various non-free practices of childhood submission are absolutely required to produce a free adult).

For the Early Moderns, developing reason and freedom requires training habits deeply into the subject; students learn more effectively from a morally good teacher; and autonomous, knowing subjects are produced through practices which are not wholly free or rational (such as inducing the affect of shame in the child). In these ways, they remain partially related to the Ancient privileging of ethos.

Contact: Adam Hochman (adam.hochman at mq.edu.au<mailto:adam.hochman at mq.edu.au>) or Mike Olson (michael.olson at mq.edu.au<mailto:michael.olson at mq.edu.au>)

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Adam Hochman
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