Tag: Cynicism

Cynicism

Key Concept Philosophy can only hypocritically live out what it says, it takes cheek to say what is lived. (Critique of Cynical Reason)1 Cynicism is not the same as cynicism. Cynicism with a capital ‘C’ refers to the truth-affirming provocations of the Ancient Cynics and the specific mode of being of which they are an early…

Parrēsia: Notes on the Thought of Michel Foucault

Key ConceptIn the last two lecture series Foucault gave at the Collège de France in 1982-1984, published under the titles The Government of Self and Others and The Courage of Truth, a genealogy of the obscure concept parrēsia – “truth-telling”(dire-vrai) or “free-spokeness”(franc-parler) – is unfolded. Parrēsia was, according to Foucault, one of the core principles of…

Lauren Berlant as Cynical Philosopher: An Introduction

Berlant has given us through her own interpretation of Cynical philosophy the possibility of imagining and seeing a collective subjectivity. If body, then everything can follow (Berlant, Cruel Optimism, 266) ‘Stray dogs have knowledge,’ the late Greek writer Margarita Karapanou writes, ‘because they have suffered pain… Pedigree dogs in relation to stray dogs are still…