Virtue after Foucault: On refuge and integration in Western Europe

Nasir M. A.

European Journal of Political Theory, cilt.20, sa.1, ss.1-21, 2020 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 20 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1177/1474885120964794
  • Dergi Adı: European Journal of Political Theory
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1-21


I suggest that virtue ethics can learn from Foucault’s critical observations on biopolitics and governmentality, which identify how a good cannot be disassociated from power and freedom. I chart a way through which virtue ethics internalizes this critical point. I argue that this helps address concerns that both virtue ethics and the critical scholarship inspired by Foucault otherwise ignore. I apply virtue ethics to the contexts of refugee arrival, asylum procedure, and immigrant integration in Western Europe; I then see how Foucault’s critical thought provides a counterpoint to virtue ethics; I finally analyze how incorporating that critique allows virtue ethics to make sense of both the context and the stakes involved.