6 lectures given by Michel Foucault at the University of California at Berkeley, Oct-Nov. 1983

My intention was not to deal with the problem of truth, but with the problem of truth-teller or truth-telling as an activity. By this I mean that, for me, it was not a question of analyzing the internal or external criteria that would enable the Greeks and Romans, or anyone else, to recognize whether a statement or proposition is true or not. At issue for me was rather the attempt to consider truth-telling as a specific activity, or as a role.

Discourse & Truth, Concluding remarks.

Alexandra Meets Diogenes
Alexandra Meets Diogenes © M.Toumbis, Postcard, Athens No.48

Editor's notes:
"The text was compiled from tape-recordings made of six lectures delivered, in English, by Michel Foucault at the University of California at Berkeley in the Fall Term of 1983. The lectures were given as part of Foucault's seminar, entitled "Discourse and Truth". Since Foucault did not write, correct, or edit any part of the text which follows, it lacks his imprimatur and does not present his own lecture notes. What is given here constitutes only the notes of one of his auditors. Although the present text is primarily a verbatim transcription of the lectures, repetitive sentences or phrases have been eliminated, responses to questions have been incorporated, whenever possible, into the lectures themselves, and numerous sentences have been revised, all in the hope of producing a more readable set of notes." Joseph Pearson, 1985.

The text was adapted for the web, as a digital archive, by Foucault.info in 1999. The footnotes and bibliography added by J.Pearson are missing. Re-edited in 2006: Greek quotes corrected, proofreading and formatting.