The relationship between two distinct periods in Michel Foucault's work is the starting point for this book. In "Truth and Power," an interview Foucault gave in 1976, he states that to create a new politics of truth is an intellectual's main task. In this book, Priscila Piazentini Vieira analyzes Foucault's study on ancient culture and courage of truth in the 1980s as his main contribution to our construction of a new politics of truth, much diverse from modernity's prevailing understanding of it grounded on the will to knowledge. Furthermore, she analyzes Foucault's militant practice and his GIP experience from a corpus constructed by papers, courses, interviews, and books written by the philosopher between the 1970s and 1980s. By clearly linking Foucault’s work on to his own militant activity, the book also aims to develop an original definition of the intellectual at the crossroad of political engagement, the production of knowledge, and the manifestation of the truth.
Foreword by Salma Tannus Muchail
Chapter 1- Introduction: The Courage of the Truth and The Specific Intellectual
Chapter 2- New Politics of Truth: From The Will to Know to The Courage of theTruth
Chapter 3- Philosophical Life and Revolutionary Militance: Cynicism, the Specific Intellectual and Criticism of the Revolutionary Party
Chapter 4- For a New Political Militancy: The Experience of GIP and the Arts of Living
Chapter 5- Conclusion: The Ethics of an intellectual: Detaching Oneself and Dissipating Admitted Familiarities
Priscila Piazentini Vieira is a Professor in the Department of History at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil.