Author Archives: Alexandre Lefebvre

About Alexandre Lefebvre

Alexandre Lefebvre is senior lecturer in the department of government and international relations and the department of philosophy at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Human Rights as a Way of Life: On Bergson’s Political Philosophy (Stanford, 2013) and The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza (Stanford, 2008). At present he is completing a book titled “Human Rights and the Care of the Self.” It develops a perspective from which to see human rights as a strategy for personal and spiritual fulfilment.

Mary Wollstonecraft, Human Rights, and the Care of the Self

The Care of the Self The phrase “care of the self” was coined by the French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault to designate what he saw as a long and coherent tradition in the history of morality. Indeed, care of the self—le souci de soi-même—is the defining concept of his later work, a period that saw the publication of two books, the delivery of five major lecture series (posthumously published), and roughly a dozen essays and interviews.1 Given that this concept underpins my interpretation of Continue reading → Continue reading →