PHL217H1 Lecture Notes - Parrhesia, Language Game, Continental Philosophy

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Criticism, parrhesia is not simple what is the objective case, but a criticizing or the sake of another"s improvement. Criticism here is to be understood as the opposite of flattery. Flattery is precisely to make someone content with how you are. A big part of the point is that it is changing your mind with the point of changing your life. One has a choice to speak or not. One has a duty to speak even with knowing of repercussions. Duty to oneself, duty to the other person. Thought of as a duty to truth itself, in the case of parrhesia, duty to oneself, duty to the other, and duty to other, are inseparable. There"s no correspondent reality of truth, there"s an implied definition here, parrhesiastic truth is that which another tells us, although it is unpleasant to us, because it can change an aspect of our life if it is acknowledged.

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