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The archaeology of knowledge ; and, the discourse on language

Author: Michel Foucault
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1972.
Series: World of man (London, England)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Madness, sexuality, power, knowledge- are these facts of life or simply parts of speech? In a series of astonishing brilliance, historian Michael Foucault excavated the hidden assumptions that govern the way we live and the way we think. The Archaeology of Knowledge begins at the level of "things said" and moves quickly to illuminate the connections between knowledge, language, and action in a style at once profound  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Foucault
ISBN: 0394711068 9780394711065
OCLC Number: 23347591
Notes: Translation of two works: L'archéologie du savoir and L'ordre du discours.
Includes index.
Description: 245 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part 1 : introduction --
Part 2 : the discursive regularities --
The unities of discourse --
Discursive formations --
The formations of objects --
The formation of enunciation modalities --
The formation of concepts --
The formation of strategies --
Remarks and consequences --
Part 3 : the statement and the archive --
Defining the statement --
The enunciative function --
The description of statements --
Rarity, exteriority, accumulation --
The historical a priori and the archive --
Part 4 : archaelogy description --
Archaelogy and the history of ideas --
The original and the regular --
Contradictions --
The comparative facts --
Change and transformations --
Science and knowledge --
Part 5 : conclusion.
Series Title: World of man (London, England)
Other Titles: Archéologie du savoir.
Archaeology of knowledge
Discourse on language
Responsibility: Michel Foucault ; translated from the French by A.M. Sheridan Smith.

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Madness, sexuality, power, knowledge- are these facts of life or simply parts of speech? In a series of astonishing brilliance, historian Michael Foucault excavated the hidden assumptions that govern the way we live and the way we think. The Archaeology of Knowledge begins at the level of "things said" and moves quickly to illuminate the connections between knowledge, language, and action in a style at once profound and personal. Summing up of Foucault's own methodological assumptions, this book is also a first step toward a genealogy of the way we live now. Challenging, at times infuriating, it is an absolutely indispensable guide to one of the most innovative thinkers of our time.

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