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The Courage of Truth: Lectures at the College de France 1983-84 (Lectures at the Collège de France)

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The Courage of the Truth is the last course that Michel Foucault delivered at the Collège de France. Here, he continues the theme of the previous year’s lectures in exploring the notion of “truth-telling” in politics to establish a number of ethically irreducible conditions based on courage and conviction. His death, on June 25th, 1984, tempts us to detect the philosophica ...more
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Published May 24th 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 1984)
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Michael Meeuwis
Mar 11, 2015 Michael Meeuwis rated it really liked it
An elegant, satisfying argument, less ultimately about free speech than about the type of self-care (or self-government) that a particular sort of free speech leads to. From the title, I was expecting a bit more Mike-of-the-barricades, and got instead an extension of the governmentality writings; this actually, pervert that I am, was maybe more exciting. There's a lot of interesting stuff here that I'm sure is going to be making its way into academic articles, to the extent that it hasn't alread ...more
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Once we understood that, behind the veil of parrhesia there always is the issue of realization or bringing into consciousness, many of the discussion Foucault did would be rendered redundant. We talk about self-awareness from time to time; we know that it means bringing awareness to ourselves. And the notion of satori is nothing but bringing awareness into things not just restricted to ourselves — a turn of attention into various things or being
May 06, 2013 Ira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some quotes in my translation:

The bios philosophikos, as right life, is the animality of human being held up as a challenge, practised as an exercise, and thrown in the face of others as a scandal. (p245)

Being sovereign over oneself and being useful to others, enjoying oneself and oneself alone, and at the same time bringing to others the help they need in their predicament, their difficulties or even their misfortunes, that basically constitutes one and the same thing. It is the same foundatio
Jul 18, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
In this last volume of Michel Foucault's lectures at the College de France the controversial philosopher examines the role of truth telling and its connection to the "arts of living" he examined in his last major works in the History of Sexuality. The lectures illuminate Foucault's own understanding of ethics, which he understood in terms of self-stylization. According to many commentators, this approach ignores the very "stuff" of morality; namely, our relations to others. As the lectures indic ...more
Maughn Gregory
The most compelling book (of philosophy) I've read in a long time: a history of the varieties of truth-telling as political, ethical and religious practices from ancient Greece through early Christianity; including major re-evaluations of Socrates, the Cynics and Christian ascetics; with seemingly endless implications for individual spirituality, political struggle and pedagogy. I'm most excited about Foucault's re-description of philosophy as the study and practice of three inter-dependent mode ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
Foucault died a couple months after the completion of this lecture course. His health was obviously failing. I just about broke down in tears while reading the last few pages.

It's fitting that his last two courses were about parrhesia (basically, courageous truth-telling) and the aesthetics of existence. This dude did it right.

"But, well, it is too late. Thank you."
Cora D
Nov 28, 2013 Cora D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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No sé si haya sido correcto empezar por el final, pero ciertamente me ha abierto el camino hacia la indagación del trabajo del autor. Sé de antemano que no me va satisfacer todo el resto de la obra, dado que este libro es su conclusión y no lo logró.
Es quizás notable el desarrollo de su noción de crítica, bastante notable diría yo... y bueno, siempre e han gustado las relecturas de los clásicos como vigentes.
Muy buen libro con lenguaje poco sofisticado pero no por ello poco cuidadoso. Desarroll
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Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, social theorist and historian of ideas. He held a chair at the Collège de France with the title "History of Systems of Thought," and lectured at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences and the prison sys
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