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ISBN-10: 022650946X
ISBN-13: 9780226509464
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 07/08/2019
Dimensions: 8.60" L, 5.50" W, 0.90" H

Discourse and Truth and Parresia

Editor: Henri-Paul Fruchaud
Editor: Daniele Lorenzini
Introduction by: Frédéric Gros
Translator: Nancy Luxon

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Price: $35.00

Overview

This volume collects a series of lectures given by the renowned French thinker Michel Foucault late in his career. The book is composed of two parts: a talk, Parrēsia, delivered at the University of Grenoble in 1982, and a series of lectures entitled “Discourse and Truth,” given at the University of California, Berkeley in 1983, which appears here for the first time in its full and correct form. Together, they provide an unprecedented account of Foucault’s reading of the Greek concept of parrēsia, often translated as “truth-telling” or “frank speech.” The lectures trace the transformation of this concept across Greek, Roman, and early Christian thought, from its origins in pre-Socratic Greece to its role as a central element of the relationship between teacher and student. In mapping the concept’s history, Foucault’s concern is not to advocate for free speech; rather, his aim is to explore the moral and political position one must occupy in order to take the risk to speak truthfully.

These lectures–carefully edited and including notes and introductory material to fully illuminate Foucault’s insights–are a major addition to Foucault’s English language corpus.

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"There are at least two reasons why this is an invaluable book. First, these lectures occurred late in his career (he died in 1984), and the reader is privy to a summation of the most important themes that tied together all of his life's work, especially the themes of truth and power. Second, his lectures are much clearer to follow than his books, making them an excellent complement to his written work. The inclusion of the question-and-answer sessions not only helps clarify content in the lectures, but demonstrates just how deeply he read ancient texts. A valuable addition not only to Foucault's thought and critical theory, but also to scholars of philosophy who might otherwise ignore Foucault's writings. . . . Summing Up: Essential." – "CHOICE"
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ISBN-10: 022650946X
ISBN-13: 9780226509464
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 07/08/2019
Dimensions: 8.60" L, 5.50" W, 0.90" H
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