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The Critique of Institutions September 18, 2010

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The popular, textbook version of Kant’s ethical thought often goes as follows: morality is doing one’s duty, and doing one’s duty amounts to following good rules of behaviour. Good moral rules are not the same as good prudent rules in that they are not slave to some other function, they are good in themselves. Good rules are also good for everyone. So to solve a moral problem, you have to make up a good rule, see if it can be universalised and retain its logic, and then follow it. (more…)

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Lecture 8: spiritual combat March 27, 2009

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The penultimate lecture of the 21st March sets out to conclude Foucault’s study of Cynic philosophy so that he may move on to early Christianity in the final lecture. Once again, he is ill at the point, and warns that he may not be able to complete. There is no sign that this lecture was any shorter than the others though. It is certainly packed full of insight: he founds the philosophical life and later asceticism on the notion of the sovereign self militantly exercising its athletic reason to change the world. He argues that the ascesis of enduring insults, celibacy and separation from the world are all logical outcomes of the ethical thought of the classical world. Cynics are at the centre of occidental ethics by their installation of love in the relation between insulter and victim. Their disgrace is part of their pedagogical task of teaching the world the difference between happiness and unhappiness. That is their political program. (more…)

Lecture 7: the Other life March 25, 2009

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The seventh lecture, of the 14th March (I hope to catch up with myself and pretentiously post the final lecture on its 25th anniversary) takes us from the Cynic transformation of the philosophical understandings of the true life up to a mode of being that is beginning to resemble early Christian asceticism on a great number of points. That is where my interest in Foucault started, and so the points are more obvious (and perhaps contrived) to me, but he outlines these resemblances and transformations in the final lecture so everyone’s clear about it. So we start the lecture with a philosophical account of Cynicism and end it with an examination of Cynic humiliation/humility. (more…)

Le Courage de la Vérité 4: Plato’s Laches March 11, 2009

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Foucault’s fourth lecture on the Courage of truth is a reading of the Plato’s Laches. He says that no self-respecting professor of philosophy can avoid giving a course on Socrates and his death at some point in his life, and so this is it (“Salvate animam meam” he adds). This lecture sketches out a few more details concerning Socratic parrhesia before he leaves the period and goes on to talk about the Cynics. This is also the only lecture he gave this year without a break. I don’t think that’s significant… (more…)

Le Courage de la Vérité: summaries March 5, 2009

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So I decided to do what Anthony says and write down some lecture summaries of the latest Foucault course, Le Courage de la Vérité: Le gouvernement de soi et des autres II. It’s a curious little book, and as I mentioned before, eagerly awaited by a number of us, not least because the status of the “ethical Foucault” may depend on its interpretation. We shall see. (nb all the below translations are mine) (more…)

Screencast lectures November 28, 2008

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Ok, so here comes my first attempt at screencasting a lecture. I hope to record shortened versions of all my ethics lectures (but none of my NT stuff, which is a smaller class, so it’s more discussion based). This will all be in Norwegian, but it’s useful to take a look anyway, if you’re interested in student resources: it’s basically a combination of a powerpoint with a lecture. Let me know how you think it works, whether you are a student or a teacher!

Introduction to Ethics (13th November):

Mill and Biblical Ethics (19th November):

The ethics of proximity (20th November):

Mill and Biblical Ethics November 18, 2008

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Ok, here comes my powerpoint presentation for Wednesday the 19th November, both in powerpoint and in pdf formats. Of course, it’s all in Norwegian…

After the first lecture November 14, 2008

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So the first lecture is now over and I was fairly happy with it. I used this document as my powerpoint (I’ve converted it to a pdf) and lectured from 0915-1200, with two 15 minute breaks. (more…)

More Pedagogy October 31, 2008

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The past couple of days I’ve been reading up on Kant and sorting my life out a bit. I’ve discovered that both Mill’s Utilitarianism and Kant’s second Critique on Librivox, so that makes good preparation and teaching tools. (more…)

Pedagogical Log October 29, 2008

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Well, now I’ve handed in the thesis, I’m practising teaching. I’ve got some ethics in a couple weeks and some New Testament after that. So I’m keeping tags on my progress towards it and am open to tips! (more…)