Re: [Foucault-L] The Archaeology of Knowledge

hard to work with in what way?
In that its difficult to read?

On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 1:56 AM, Frieder Vogelmann <f.vogelmann@xxxxxxx>wrote:

> Yes, I do! I do like the book's style, but more important is the impact
> of archeology as a method on Foucault's later texts. I'm thinking
> especially on the two lectures on the History of Governementalité
> (1978-1979), which is often misread as a piece of history of political
> ideas. If one instead takes it to use archeology, the term "population"
> acquires the importance it is given by Foucault when he claims it being
> the operator that drove the transformation described in "The order of
> things" (see the end of Lecture 3 on January 25th, 1978).
> Bringing archeology back in also helps, I think, in giving up the
> strange trend of breaking up "governementalité" in "gouverner" and
> "mentalité" (at least this was a trend in the German and English
> literature, ignoring the editor of the lectures, M.Senellart, who
> explains it to be derived from "governemental"), which in turn makes the
> study of Governementalités into a study of mentalities. Acknowledging
> the archeological method, studying forms of governementalité means first
> of all determining the "form of problematization" a specific political
> rationality reacts to.
> These are just two reasons I would put some emphasis on the Archeology
> of Knowledge, though I admit that it is a book that is hard to work with.
> Frieder
> Chetan Vemuri schrieb:
> > So there's a debate over the usefulness of The Archaeology of Knowledge
> in
> > Foucault's oeuvre. Some feel its the black sheep of his work, a failed
> > attempt at defining his methodology, others feel its a rich, fascinating
> set
> > of studies of discursive practices. Some feel it is flawed, others think
> > not. This has been one of my favorite Foucault books yet many find it
> dull
> > and uninteresting.
> > Is there anyone else that defends its strong merits and value for
> > understanding Foucault's work in general?
> >
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