Foucault Among the Classicists, Again


  • Brendan Boyle University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill



Foucault’s posthumously-published late work on epimeleia heautou might inaugurate a new partnership between classicists and Foucault. This work, however, has been misconstrued in recent classical scholarship, an important instance of which I consider here. I remedy the errors of one of Foucault’s classical interpreters; diagnose the reasons for the errors; and briefly suggest the transformative potential of Foucault’s work for students of antiquity.

Author Biography

Brendan Boyle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Brendan Boyle is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research and teaching focus on ancient ethics and the reception of ancient ethics in the German Idealist tradition. His work has been published in Arion, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and The History of Photography.




How to Cite

Boyle, B. (2012). Foucault Among the Classicists, Again. Foucault Studies, (13), 138–156.