Archaeology of Knowledge

ISBN-10: 0415287537

ISBN-13: 9780415287531

Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Michel Foucault
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Description: 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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List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Michel Foucault was born on October 15, 1926, in Poitiers, France, and was educated at the Sorbonne, in Paris. He taught at colleges all across Europe, including the Universities of Lill, Uppsala, Hamburg, and Warsaw, before returning to France. There he taught at the University of Paris and the College of France, where he served as the chairman of History of Systems of Thought until his death. Regarded as one of the great French thinkers of the twentieth century, Foucault's interest was in the human sciences, areas such as psychiatry, language, literature, and intellectual history. He made significant contributions not just to the fields themselves, but to the way these areas are studied, and is particularly known for his work on the development of twentieth-century attitudes toward knowledge, sexuality, illness, and madness. Foucault's initial study of these subjects used an archaeological method, which involved sifting through seemingly unrelated scholarly minutia of a certain time period in order to reconstruct, analyze, and classify the age according to the types of knowledge that were possible during that time. This approach was used in Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, for which Foucault received a medal from France's Center of Scientific Research in 1961, The Birth of the Clinic, The Order of Things, and The Archaeology of Knowledge. Foucault also wrote Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Prison, a study of the ways that society's views of crime and punishment have developed, and The History of Sexuality, which was intended to be a six-volume series. Before he could begin the final two volumes, however, Foucault died of a neurological disorder in 1984.

Introduction
The Discursive Regularities
The Unities of Discourse
Discursive Formations
The Formation of Objects
The Formation of Enunciative Modalities
The Formation of Concepts
The Formation of Strategies
Remarks and Cosequences
The Statement and the Archive
Defining the Statement
The Enunciative Function
The Description of Staements
Rarity, Exteriority, Accumilation
The Historical a priori and the Archive
Archeological Description
Archeology and the History of Ideas
The Original and the Regular
Contradictions
The Comparative Facts
Change and Transformations
Science and Knowledge
Conclusion
Conclusion
Index
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