The name field is required. “Introduction.” In Archaeology Of Knowledge, edited by A. M. Sherida Smith, 3-20. Publication date … The series described, the limits fixed, the comparisons and correlations made are based not on the old philosophies of history, but are intended to question teleologies and totalisations; - in so far as my aim is to define a method of historical analysis freed from the anthropological theme, it is clear that the theory that I am about to outline has a dual relation with the previous studies. The Archaeology Of Knowledge Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item . Foucault subsequently published The Archaeology of Knowledge (1969). Of structural analysis? %%EOF You may have already requested this item. First, because one can see to what extent it has freed itself from what constituted, not so long ago, the philosophy of history, and from the questions that it posed (on the rationality or teleology of historical development (devenir), on the relativity of historical knowledge, and on the possibility of discovering or constituting a meaning in the inertia of the past and in the unfinished totality of the present). Beneath the great continuities of thought, beneath the solid, homogeneous manifestations of a single mind or of a collective mentality, beneath the stubborn development of a science striving to exist and to reach completion at the very outset, beneath the persistence of a particular genre, form, discipline, or theoretical activity, one is now trying to detect the incidence of interruptions. Even now — and this is especially true in the case of the history of thought — it has been neither registered nor reflected upon, while other, more recent transformations — those of linguistics, for example — have been. One will be denounced for attacking the inalienable rights of history and the very foundations of any possible historicity. Second consequence: the notion of discontinuity assumes a major role in the historical disciplines. Of course, it is obvious enough that ever since a discipline such as history has existed, documents have been used, questioned, and have given rise to questions; scholars have asked not only what these documents meant, but also whether they were telling the truth, and by what right they could claim to be doing so, whether they were sincere or deliberately misleading, well informed or ignorant, authentic or tampered with. 0 And in what large-scale chronological table may distinct series of events be determined? He also became active in a number of left-wing groups involved in campaigns against racism and human rights abuses and for penal reform. The same conservative function is at work in the theme of cultural totalities (for which Marx has been criticised, then travestied), in the theme of a search for origins (which was opposed to Nietzsche, before an attempt was made to transpose him into it), and in the theme of a living, continuous, open history. Please enter the subject. 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. There is a reason for this. To this should be added, of course, literary analysis, which now takes as its unity, not the spirit or sensibility of a period, nor “groups”, “schools”, “generations”, or “movements”, nor even the personality of the author, in the interplay of his life and his “creation”, but the particular structure of a given œuvre, book, or text.