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Title: Circling around transgression
Subtitle: Subjectivity in the late Foucault
Author(s): DEVOS, Rob
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 61    Issue: 3   Date: 2000   
Pages: 308-333
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.61.3.565645

Abstract :
Foucault rejects the subject as a center, i.e. as a transparent self-conscious being, who gives meaning to his actions. However, ideas about subjects that think and will autonomously go on functioning within modern culture. Discourses on subjectivity call for an archeological and genealogical explanation.
This compels Foucault to resort increasingly to subjectivity: as product and target of power, but also as a source of resistance and as an agent. After all, Foucault defines power as ‘actions about actions’.
In the end, Foucault started to circumscribe the teleology of his philosophical ethos as the production of new forms of subjectivity, in terms of freedom and autonomy. Concern is more with a continuous circling (around) transgression, apprehending subjectivity as an aimless self-negation, than it is about a return of the subject.