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Foucault and Educational Ethics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Bruce Moghtader
    Pages 1-11
  3. Bruce Moghtader
    Pages 12-22
  4. Bruce Moghtader
    Pages 23-37
  5. Bruce Moghtader
    Pages 38-60
  6. Bruce Moghtader
    Pages 61-75
  7. Bruce Moghtader
    Pages 76-94
  8. Bruce Moghtader
    Pages 95-102
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 103-112

About this book


In his works on ethics, Foucault turned towards an examination of one's relationship with oneself and others. This differs from the modern approaches that explore the relationship between and the responsibilities of actors to each other by adopting criteria. Ethical criteria engender assumptions about the actors by focusing on their responsibilities. Instead of relying on criteria, Foucault's writing and lectures contributed to an awareness of the activities we take upon ourselves as ethical subjects. His reconstruction of the Greco-Roman ethics seeks to examine the possibilities of the reconstitution and transformation of subjectivity. Through this, he offers an avenue of understanding the formation of ethical subjects in their educational interrelationships.


Foucault education ethics governmentality self action methodology Michel Foucault

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of VictoriaCanada

About the authors

Bruce Moghtader is an educator at the University of Victoria, Canada, studying how some people's theories make others' reality. He is interested in ethics and possibilities of reconstructing politics by education.

Bibliographic information


“Bruce Moghtader’s first book, Foucault and Educational Ethics … is both accessible and informative, providing an in-depth analysis of Foucault’s ethics of self-constitution, and its application to current educational studies. … Moghtader’s application of Foucauldian philosophy to educational ethics paves new ground for pragmatic interpretations of continental philosophy, and nudges its readers towards an ethics of self-understanding. Moghtader’s book contributes both to Foucault scholarship and to educational studies through a compelling discussion of study as essential for the good life.” (Samantha Wesch, Foucault Studies, Issue 23, August, 2017)