Professor of Philosophy, University of Prešov, Slovakia
Foucault vs. Patočka: Care of the Self vs. Care of the Soul
The project is concerned with the fundamental question of Socratic ethics which were the focus of attention of many late-twentieth century thinkers. The main purpose of the project is to compare two influential interpretations of the ancient concept of epimeleia: Patočka’s reading of the Platonic concept of ‘care for the soul‘ (epimeleia tes psyches) with its epistemological and metaphysical connotations and Foucault’s reading of Socratic ‘care of the self’ (epimeleia heautou) as a permanent training of the self by the self.
Previous stays at the IWM:
July 2015, Guest
1999, Junior Visting Fellow