Michel Foucault's moral subjectivity and the semiotic modeling of knowledge

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Abstract

Michel Foucault’s theory of moral subjectivity, as a trained relation of the subject to itself, contains a latent semiotic theory of self-knowledge. The formation of the moral subject is seen by Foucault as a sign system, given the name of technology, and placed in a broader context of semiotic and non-semiotic paths to knowledge. In such a framework, signification as a technology, the self as a binary opposition, and the in-between space of binaries emerge as important methodological elements in self-knowledge. Furthermore, a semiotic argument comes forth about the epistemological role of culture in the modeling of knowledge at large.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-250
JournalSemiotica
Volume192
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • moral subjectivity
  • technologies of the self
  • signification
  • binary oppositions
  • knowledge
  • culture

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