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The Government of LifeFoucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism$
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Vanessa Lemm and Miguel Vatter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255962

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255962.001.0001

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Parrhesia between East and West: Foucault and Dissidence

Parrhesia between East and West: Foucault and Dissidence

(p.187) Ten Parrhesia between East and West: Foucault and Dissidence
The Government of Life

Simona Forti

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The chapter by Forti situates Foucault’s discussion of parrhesia, the activity of speaking the truth to power, in relation to Foucault’s involvement, in the late 1970s, on behalf of the Polish Solidarność movement and of the Czech Charta 77 dissidence movement. Foucault’s often remarked advocacy of human rights is placed in the context of Jan Patocka’s theory of resistance, which is inspired by a return to the Platonic motif of a “care of the soul.” Forti argues that such care is anti-pastoral in its intentions, because by separating the soul from the body, it attempts to counteract the reasoning of the Grand Inquisitor, according to which what human beings want is not freedom and rebellion, but satisfaction of material necessities and the security of body and life.

Keywords:   Patocka, Care of Soul, Platonism, Parrhesia, Resistance

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