“Discourse and Truth” and “Parresia” (2019)

It’s good to see this edition out in English. The 1983 Berkeley lectures were originally given in English, but the ‘Fearless Speech’ version of them was inaccurate, missing material and certainly not a critical edition. This version makes use of the French critical edition published a few years ago, with its apparatus and definitive text. It also includes a 1982 lecture given in Grenoble, translated in Critical Inquiry.

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Michel Foucault, “Discourse and Truth” and “Parresia”, Chicago University Press, 2019

Edited by Henri-Paul Fruchaud and Daniele Lorenzini
With an Introduction by Frédéric Gros
English edition established by Nancy Luxon
The Chicago Foucault Project

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…

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