The relevance of Foucauldian art-of-living for ethics education in a military context: Theory and practice

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How can ethical decision-making in organizations be further reinforced? This article explores the relevance of Michel Foucault’s ideas on art-of-living for ethics education in organizations. First, we present a theoretical analysis of art-of-living in the work of Foucault as well as in the work of two philosophers who greatly influenced his work, Friedrich Nietzsche and Pierre Hadot. Next, we illustrate how art-of-living can be applied in ethics education. In order to examine some of the benefits and challenges of applying the art-of-living in the practice of ethics education, we discuss an example of how the art-of-living concept has been used in a train-the-trainer course on military ethics. We suggest that Foucauldian art-of-living may foster awareness of power dynamics which are in play when military personnel face moral dilemmas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-143
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Foucault
  • art-of-living
  • education
  • ethics
  • military

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