Foucault's Political Challenge

From Hegemony to Truth

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    Abstract

    Tracing increasing distrust of politicians and democratic institutions back to the negative idea of political power and freedom as always being a ‘power over’ and ‘freedom from’, this text examines Foucault’s alternative conception of the politician as one who has the courage to tell people the truth about what has to be done in the face of the dangers they confront. Telling the truth is not sufficient, but must be complemented with empowering people to actively help in overcoming the dangers themselves. Breaking with conceptions of politics as hierarchy and anarchy, Foucault contended that where there is obedience, there cannot be truth and genuine freedom. This book offers a redefinition of power and freedom within a circular logic of true authority and self-governance. It argues that democracy cannot survive without being innovated along these lines, and considers what can be done to reconnect politicians and laypeople to rebuild their mutual trust in each other’s political capacities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBaingstoke UK
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages280
    Edition1
    ISBN (Electronic)9781137314116
    ISBN (Print)9781349561193
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Hegemony
    Politicians
    Conception
    Danger
    Redefinition
    Courage
    Democracy
    Political Power
    Anarchy
    Logic
    Authority
    Governance
    Obedience

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    BANG, Henrik. / Foucault's Political Challenge : From Hegemony to Truth. 1 ed. Baingstoke UK : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 280 p.
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