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The Archaeology of Knowledge (1969)

by Michel Foucault

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  Jway | Apr 18, 2016 |
Foucault most of all introduces in his archeology the concept of "discontinuity" (or 'le discontinu'), which seems to play - if not a central - but a crucial role in the description of his method and his analysis of the formation of discurses:
"Un des traits les plus essentiels de l'histoire nouvelle, c'est sans doute ce déplacement du discontinu : son passage de l'obstacle à la pratique; son intégration dans le discours de l'historien où il ne joue plus le rôle d'une fatalité extérieure qu'il faut réduire, mais d'un concept opératoire qu'on utilise; et par là l'inversion de signes grâce à laquelle il n'est plus le négatif de la lecture historique (son envers, son échec, la limite de son pouvoir) mais l'élément positif qui détermine son objet et valide son analyse." (M.Foucault; ibid., p. 17)
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For many years now historians have preferred to turn their attention to long periods, as if, beneath the shifts and changes of political events, they were trying to reveal the irreversible processes, the constant readjustments, the underlying tendencies that gather force, and are then suddenly reversed after centuries of continuity, the movements of accumulation and slow saturation, the great silent, motionless bases that traditional history has covered with a thick layer of events.
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In France, a country that awards its intellectuals the status other countries give their rock stars, Michel Foucault was part of a glittering generation of thinkers, one which also included Sartre, de Beauvoir and Deleuze. One of the great intellectual heroes of the twentieth century, Foucault was a man whose passion and reason were at the service of nearly every progressive cause of his time. From law and order, to mental health, to power and knowledge, he spearheaded public awareness of the dynamics that hold us all in thrall to a few powerful ideologies and interests. Arguably his finest work, Archaeology of Knowledge is a challenging but fantastically rewarding introduction to his ideas.

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