Foucault Dictionary

Nov 18, 2006 by

Dictionary for the Study of the Works of Michel Foucault
courtesy of Lois Shawver




"[The] archaeological level — the level of what made [an event or a situation] possible." (The Order of Things, p.31) Strict analysis of discourse (Dreyfus & Rabinow, p.104)  Archaeology and genealogy alternate and support each other (Dreyfus & Rabinow, p.105). Archaeology is structuralist.  It tries to take an objective neutral position and it avoids causal theories of change. For a richer account of this concept click here to read a brief paraphrase of the first chapter of Foucault's The Archaeology of Knowledge 

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