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Thus Foucault insisted that the question of power relations, which characterizes his genealogies, was what his archaeologies were really about, and, subsequently, that the issue of truth and subjectivity, the explicit focus of his final works, had been his basic concern all along. Although these avowals reveal a greater desire for consistency and coherence than Foucault is sup- posed to have possessed, much less to have been able to warrant, they hypothesize a unity among the three approaches that enables us to present each in more than sequential order.

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By studying these goals of the ascetic life, more insight into what is communicated in the symbolical language of the ascetic practice will be achieved. One of the symbols Isaac uses for the goal of the spiri​ (Ecstasy, Spiritual Knowledge, and Humility Oxford Scholarship, p.2)

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Evagrios' gnostics are not modern scientists. To live the ascetic life in a ‘more gnostic way’ is said to infuriate the demons.49 The knowledge is used for the purpose of discernment, the active fight against the passions.50 And the goal of the entire ascetic project is for Evagrios to be granted contemplation of the Holy Trinity, a state he describes as knowledge.​ (Ecstasy, Spiritual Knowledge, and Humility Oxford Scholarship, p.9)

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