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ERIC Number: EJ1114635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2327-3607
Critical Inquiry as Virtuous Truth-Telling: Implications of Phronesis and Parrhesia
Pickup, Austin
Critical Questions in Education, v7 n3 p178-193 Fall 2016
This article examines critical inquiry and truth-telling from the perspective of two complementary theoretical frameworks. First, Aristotelian phronesis, or practical wisdom, offers a framework for truth that is oriented toward ethical deliberation while recognizing the contingency of practical application. Second, Foucauldian parrhesia calls for an engaged sense of truth-telling that requires risk from the inquirer while grounding truth in the complexity of human discourse. Taken together, phronesis and parrhesia orient inquirers toward intentional truth-telling practices that resist simplistic renderings of criticality and overly technical understandings of research. This article argues that truly critical inquiry must spring from the perspectives of phronesis and parrhesia, providing research projects that aim at virtuous truth-telling over technical veracity with the hope of contributing to ethical discourse and social praxis. A bibliography is included.
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Language: English
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