Seminar Philosophy of Religion
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-THMA108
Credits (ECTS)10
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Theologie;
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. H. Westerink
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. H. Westerink
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. H. Westerink
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
In this course, you'll get 
insight in Foucault's project of the history of sexuality;
a deeper understanding of Foucault’s Confessions of the Flesh, its main concepts and ideas, and its theoretical place /significance within Foucault’s thought;
a deeper understanding of Foucault’s reading and view of early Christian sources;
critical assessment of Foucault’s text and the secondary literature (discussions) of this text;
write a research paper addressing a fundamental aspect of Foucault’s Confessions of the Flesh and/or a related topic.
In this course we enquire into Michel Foucault’s fourth volume of his History of Sexuality: Confessions of the Flesh. In this volume Foucault studies early Christian literature in order to analyze the Christian experience of “the flesh”, the modes of subjectivation, the appearance of “desiring man” and the “legal subject”, and new forms of pastoral power, and the christianization of antique philosophy and ascetic practices. In the seminar we will read this fourth volume and explore its main concepts and ideas. This reading will include relevant early Christian sources, other relevant writings of Foucault, and contemorary discuusions on and interpretations of Foucault’s Confessions of the Flesh.

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
Presentations during the course and final essay

Required materials
Michel Foucault, Confessions of the Flesh: The History of Sexuality Vol. 4, New York, Pantheon Books, 2021. (Les aveux de la chair, Paris, Gallimard, 2018.) Recommended readings – primary and secondary sources – will be mentioned during the course, but include amongst others articles in Foucault Studies (April 2021), Kasumi Clement’ Sites of the Ascetic Self, Chevalier’s Michel Foucault et le christianisme, Büttgen e.o.’s Foucault, les Pères, le sexe

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2