Simon O'Sullivan - Spinoza between Lacan and Foucault (abstract 2011)

Simon O’Sullivan (Goldsmiths) ‘The Care of the Self versus the Ethics of Desire (or, Spinoza between Lacan and Foucault)’
Is Foucault’s “Care of the Self” part of that ethical tradition that Lacan undermines in his seminar on The Ethics of Psychonalysis, or does the former in fact involve a different understanding of ethics that brings it closer to the psychoanalytic programme itself? Spinoza’s own Ethics will operate as the mediating term here, as well as offering insights into both Lacan and Foucault’s definitions of the ethical subject.