In his 1979 lectures, Foucault took particular interest in the reconfiguration of quotidian practices under neo-liberal human capital theory, re-describing all persons as entrepreneurs of the self. By the early 1980s, Foucault had begun to articulate a theory of ethical conduct driven not by the logic of investment, but of artistic development and self-care. This article uses Foucault’s account of human capital as a basis to explore the meaning and limits of Foucault’s final published works and argues for two interrelated genealogical projects focused on the ethics of economic activity.
Dilts, Andrew. “From ‘Entrepreneur of the Self’ to ‘Care of the Self’: Neo-Liberal Governmentality and Foucault’s Ethics.” Foucault Studies, no. 12 (2011): 130–46.