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Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel Foucault by Luther H. Martin, Huck Gutman, Patrick H. Hutton (Eds.)

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By Luther H. Martin, Huck Gutman, Patrick H. Hutton (Eds.)

"Technologies of the Self" is a checklist of the school seminar carried out via Michel Foucault in 1982 on the college of Vermont. the amount contains seminar displays within the fields of background of religions, literature, and ideas.

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He sees that everything has been done correctly following the rule but not the law. It is not real faults for which he reproaches himself but rather his lack of success. His errors are of strategy, not of moral character. He wants to make adjustments between what he wanted to do and what he had done and reactivate the rules of conduct, not excavate his guilt. In Christian confession, the penitent is obliged to memorize laws but docs so in order to discover his sins. For Seneca it isn't a question of discovering truth in the subject but of remembering truth, recovering a truth which has been forgotten.

Even though he was not a Christian, he asked to be a bishop. His remarks on dreams arc interesting, for public divination was forbidden in order to spare the emperor bad news. Therefore, one had to interpret one's own dreams; one had to be a self-interpreter. To do it, one had to remember not only one's own dreams but the events before and after. One had to record what happened every day, both the life of the day and the life of the night. Aclius Aristides' Sacred Discourses, written in the second century, records his dreams and explains how to interpret them.

Most Stoics are 39 Technologies of the Self critical and skeptical about such interpretation. But there is still the popular and general practice of it. There were experts who were able to interpret dreams, including Pythagoras and some of the Stoics, and some experts who wrote books to teach people to interpret their own dreams. ). Dream interpretation was important because in antiquity the meaning of a dream was an announcement of a future event. I should mention two other documents dealing with the importance of dream interpretation for everyday life.

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