Paul Mathieu, ‘Souci de soi’ (1954). In the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (

Under this heading I will reflect on the notions of ‘care of self’ and ‘self-care’.

‘Care of self’ is an ambiguous concept. It is mostly (and unreflectedly) used in a mundane nursing and health care context (self care).

Among philosophers and in cultural studies, the concept of ‘care of self’ has been discussed more systematically, mainly inspired by the late works of Michel Foucault (‘souci de soi’).

On these pages I will discuss how different autobiographical practices could be understood in terms of ‘care of self’, both in the mundane and the philosophical sense.