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A funny thing happened on the way to the journal: A commentary on Foucault's ethics and Stuart Murray's "Care of the self"

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Madeleine Murtagh



Stuart Murray's 'Care and the self: biotechnology, reproduction, and the good life' utilizes Foucault's "care of the self" to examine health domains in its title. The present author discusses three important articulations of concern with the Foucauldian concepts of care of the self that are absent in the work of Murray and others: first, the voluntarism and individualism inherent in ideas about care of the self; second, the absence of the interactional and relational; and, third, the perpetuation of the interpretation of Foucault's concept of governmentality, 'the conduct of conduct', as primarily coercive. © 2008 Murtagh; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Murtagh MJ

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine

Year: 2008

Volume: 3

Issue: 2

Print publication date: 14/01/2008

ISSN (electronic): 1747-5341


DOI: 10.1186/1747-5341-3-2

PubMed id: 18194545