Parrhesia, troværidghed og politik

Astrid Toudal Jessen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


ABSTRACT Lately the matter of trustworthiness in relation to politicians has received unprecedented attention in Danish opinion surveys and in the medias in general. The interesting thing in regard to these inquires is that the concept of trustworthiness is not defined, and further on the importance of trustworthiness (why you are, how it works, what it is) in politics seems to have had little attention – it appears as just a unit. The same tendency can be traced in the medias where it appears in a variety of connections. On the matter of trustworthiness in academia there appears to be a strong difference of opinion in regard to the definition of trustworthiness, and it seems as if the largest agreement within the field is the fact that it is a fuzzy concept. In the last part of his life Foucault was engrossed in the concept of parrhesia, which can be understood as telling everything, and the notion pivots around five obligations when speaking in ways of parrhesia: frankness, truth, danger, criticism, and duty. On basis of the above, in this thesis I will conduct an understanding of trustworthiness in proportion to politics and politicians in a Danish context by looking at how Foucault’s notion of parrhesia can be useful in this matter. This is done through three steps: 1) A review of the meaning of parrhesia in the works of Foucault in the period 1982–1984. 2) A theoretical view of the understandings of trustworthiness and 3) A practical understanding of trustworthiness through the use of the concept in surveys and in newspapers. A discussion of the relation between parrhesia and trustworthiness will be conducted continuously. Finally, I will examine how the interaction between parrhesia and trustworthiness can explain the success of Kristian Thulesen Dahl, leader of The Danish People’s Party.

UddannelserOffentlig Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato6 maj 2014
VejledereTorben Bech Dyrberg


  • Parrhesia
  • troværdighed
  • politik