Re: [Foucault-L] The Archive

To me this is really a translation of Kant's first paralogism of reason as it applies to language: how can the I be both subject and object of knowledge. I would point to Foucault's writings on Kant. As for counterclaims, it depends on whether you would defend the exteriority of language.

On Sat, 1 Oct 2011 12:58:07 -0800, Kevin Turner wrote:
Dear Foucault listers,

In The Archaeology of Knowledge, Foucault states that 'it is not
possible for us to describe our own archive, since it is from within
these rules that we speak, since it is that which gives to what we can
say — and to itself, the object of our discourse — its modes of
appearance, its forms of existence and coexistence, its system of
accumulation, historicity, and disappearance' (AK: 130; 'il ne nous
est pas possible de decrire notre propre archive, puisque c'est a
I'interieur de ses regles que no us parlons, puis que c' est eIle qui
donne a ce que nous pouvons dire - et a elle-meme, objet de notre
discours - ses modes d'apparition, ses formes d'existence et de
coexistence, son systeme de cumul, d'historicite et de disparition,'
AS: 171).

I was wondering if there are other instances where Foucault makes
similar claims, and if so, where.
I was also wondering if there are any discussions concerning this
claim, and whether anybody has made a counter claim: i.e. that we can
have access to, and thus describe, our own archive.


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