David Kim

The Cosmopolitics of Parrhesia: Foucault and Truth-Telling as Human Right

This is my question:

At what price can subjects speak the truth about themselves?

Michel Foucault, “Structuralism and Poststructuralism”

Truth-Telling as Human Right

In June 1981, at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations International Committee Against Piracy, Michel Foucault appealed to the notion of “international citizenship” on behalf of Vietnamese boat people (Foucault 1984a, p. 22).59 Following the Fall of Saigon some six years before, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese had begun to flee the country by sea, but no government at the time was willing to halt their brutal and recurring victimization by pirates in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China ...

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