CHAPTER 5

TRUTH-TELLING AS AN EDUCATIONALPRACTICE OF THE SELF

Foucault and the ethics of subjectivity

Of ourselves we are not ‘knowers’.

Nietzsche, F. (1956: 149).

My role – and that is too emphatic a word – is to show people that they are much freer that they feel, that people accept as truths, as evidence, some themes which have been built up at a certain moment in history, and that this so-called evidence can be criticized and destroyed . . . All my analyses are against the idea of universal necessities in human existence.

Martin, L. (1988: 10–11).

What is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, anthropomorphisms, in short, a sum of human relations which were poetically and rhetorically heightened, transferred, and adorned, and after ...

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