Relational self-care in aristotle: a foucaultian and feminist reading

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Inspired by the Foucaultian conception of self-care and the conception of relational care characteristic of the feminist ethics of care, this article shows that Aristotle conception of care can be better understood as relational self-care i.e., as a constitutive intertwinement of self-care and different ways of caring for others (such as moral virtues, political and educational care, and the different kinds of friendship). Moreover, it argues that this Aristotelian conception of care can mediate between the two above mentioned conceptions of care and overcome their separate difficulties (namely, the fact that they are excessively focused on the self or on others, respectively).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-102
Number of pages18
JournalRevue Roumaine de Philosophie
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • self-care
  • self-transformation
  • relational self
  • caring for others
  • friendship


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