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The Courage of Truth (Michel Foucault: Lectures at the Collège de France) Hardcover – 21 Apr 2011

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"In this, the final year of his lectures at the College de France, Michel Foucault reaches more deeply into the foundations of Western thought than ever. Emphasizing parrhesia, the ancient practice of speaking truth to power, he shows how it is a practice of the care of the self, and in so doing, demonstrates how the dictum 'know oneself' is only a part of our philosophical inheritance. This is an astonishing conclusion to the life's work of one of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers." - Thomas Dumm, Amherst College, USA

"In his powerful final course of lectures, expertly edited by Frédéric Gros and sympathetically translated by Graham Burchell, Foucault provides an explicitly political focus to his work on parrhesia. He offers readings of a range of texts, of which those of the Apology and theCynics are especially insightful. It is impossible to read these lectures without an eye to the links between his work and his life, but Foucault's focus remains on the material at hand and his long-running interest in the interrelations of truth, power and the subject." - Stuart Elden, Durham University, UK

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Original work by Foucault available in English for the first time.

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Foucault/s The Courage of Truth 29 Mar. 2013
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Foucault last course is an erudite and well-balanced one in the study of the structure for Antic and Modern question of courage in the world of increasing human (mind) politicization (universities, political parties), especially in the early 80 of the last century in both BLOCKS (USA, Western world versus CCCP and the Communist world).
A ,,sovereign life,, - said Foucault quoting and commenting Seneca- is ,,a life of assistance and help to others,,; and a life of providing personal and concrete exemples of courage and freedom (of speech). I view this course as a rare piece of important and original comments and problem-oriented methods in the study of Ancient Greek history and philosophy. Of course, Foucault problem-ized and experimented new ways of analyzing/inquiring the Ancient and Modern subject of truth.

Dr. Lucian Popescu, historian
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