Kødets bekendelser - en rekonstruktion af det upublicerede bind IV af Histoire de la sexualité eller Michel Foucaults konfrontation med den tidlige kristendom

Marius Troels Gudmand-Høyer

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


As suggested by the title, this dissertation reconstructs the unpublished volume four of Michel Foucault’s unfinished work The History of Sexuality by re-telling the story of his confrontation with early christianity. It's primary source is Foucault’s posthumous work which has become accessible over the last decade, i.e. his late lectures at Collège de France, articles and conference notes. However, while such a reconstruction is interesting in itself, this dissertation also exposes, in a broader perspective, how this work can act as a philological and philosophical key to a new and more profound understanding of Foucault’s late thinking. In this sense the dissertation contributes to the on-going discussion of Foucault’s work in three ways: Firstly, it details what can be said about volume four The Confessions of the Flesh from the fragments and remarks in all of Foucault’s texts. Secondly, it works to contextualize this reconstruction in relation to the problems occupying Foucault in his examination of early Christianity. Finally, this leads to a comparison of these problems with those which occupied Foucault in the three preceding volumes of The History of Sexuality. Eventually, this leads to the argument that Foucault’s famous studies of pastoral power are related to three themes that are central to the late Foucault: the genealogy of the subject of desire; the history of the government of the self and of others; and the history of the obligation to tell the truth about oneself.

UddannelserFilosofi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2006


  • Tidlig kristendom
  • Seksualitetens historie
  • Foucault