Crisis of Authority: Politics, Trust, and Truth-Telling in by Nancy Luxon

By Nancy Luxon

Modern social and political thought has reached an deadlock a few challenge that had as soon as appeared elementary: how can members make moral judgments approximately energy and politics? difficulty of Authority analyzes the practices that bind authority, belief, and truthfulness in modern idea and politics. Drawing on newly to be had archival fabrics, Nancy Luxon locates versions for such practices in Sigmund Freud's writings on psychoanalytic approach and Michel Foucault's unpublished lectures at the historic moral practices of "fearless speech," or parrhesia. Luxon argues that the dynamics provoked through the figures of psychoanalyst and truth-teller are valuable to this technique. Her account deals a extra supple figuring out of the trendy moral topic and new insights into political authority and authorship.

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217–34.  101.  26, French edition]. 36 22 Authority and Its ­Discontents theories have critiqued these cultural intermediaries for tightly binding power and knowledge into a relationship of discipline and docility. By their readings, the practices associated with that relationship to ­authority create an illusive experience of liberty that only deepens the force of rule. 43 Despite the initial headiness of these critiques, each of these accounts ends in the experience of impasse and leaves authority (as a concept and practice) unavailable to serious interrogation.

64 Illustrative examples include Wendy Brown, States of Injury (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995); William Connolly, Political Theory and Modernity (London: Basil Blackwell, 1988) and Identity/Difference, expanded edition (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002); eds. Colin Gordon and Graham Burchell, The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991); Jacqueline Stevens, States without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009); Stephen White, Political Theory and Post­-Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991).

For all that Arendt offers a reconsideration of agency and action in politics, the activity of authorship remains curiously displaced in a way that attenuates its political effect. Psychoanalytic and parrhesiastic relationships account for and engage these two displacements of authorship. If the new relationships urged by Arendt are to be “like a second birth,”56 then Freud and Foucault deepen the form and content of these relationships by taking this metaphoric second birth seriously. The psychoanalytic Nacherziehung or “second­education,” for example, complicates Arendt’s insistence that beginnings are new attunements to old patterns as much as they can be disruptions.

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