Foucault and Food
Michel Foucault’s writings from the History of Madness to the first volume of The History of Sexuality focus on the historical era between the late 17th and early 20th centuries and drew predominantly on French archives to analyze power relations in modern institutional settings. His best-known works, dating from his “genealogical period,” remain within this time frame and can be characterized as political rather than ethical in nature. In the last two volumes of The History of Sexuality, published shortly before their author’s death, Foucault undertook what he called “modifications” in his research plan (Foucault 1990, p. 3). Rather than focusing on modern Western Europe, Foucault’s final books examine ancient Greek and Roman philosophical sources in order to develop a theory of ethics as aesthetics of existence. Rejecting a view of morality as a set of universal rules, Foucault suggested that the ancient Greco-Roman models of ethics as...
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