Truth-telling contra perfectionist liberalism: Muslim parrhēsíastes in Denmark

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In this paper, I first offer a general outline and reflection on the notion of parrhēsía (truth-telling), as popularized by Foucault. Secondly, I discuss Foucault’s history of problematizations, with comments on what he called “games of truth” and the Cartesian conception of truth-telling. Thirdly, I sketch a trend in the current Danish public and political sphere, defining the notion of “perfectionist liberalism” and how it translates to the Danish context, including concrete examples and notes on “liberal intolerance arguments”. Lastly, I address the condition of Muslim parrhēsíastes (truth-tellers), and the rules to which Muslim actors are subjected in “speaking the truth” when entering the public debate. In this last part, I will be drawing from others’ as well as my own ethnographic fieldwork among Muslim Danes, complementing it with a qualitative media content analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year1 Oct 2017
Publication statusSubmitted - 1 Oct 2017
EventIschia international festival of philosophy - Ischia, Italy
Duration: 23 Sep 20171 Oct 2017


ConferenceIschia international festival of philosophy
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  • Foucault, Islam in Denmark, free speech, Parrhesia, perfectionist liberalism

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