In recent years, a large number of books and articles on Foucault has been published. Almost all of the book-size studies are expository and introductory. Indeed, there seems to be no other modern philosopher with reference to whom a comparable numberofintroductionshavebeen produced in such a short period. Most ofthe articles too provide over- views, rather than critical assessments or rational reconstructions, even though there existsby now a small numberoffine papers also inthe two latter genres. Moreover, more often than not, writers on Foucault approach his work as part and parcel of so-called "postmodern" philo- sophy. They concentrate on topics like the "death of the subject", the relation ofFoucault's work to.Derrida or Habermas, or its significance for postmodern art and culture. Without wanting to deny the merits, either of introductory exposi- tions, or ofstudies that read Foucault as a postmodern thinker, it seems to me that these received perspectives have tended to leave central areas and aspects ofFoucault's work somewhat underexposed.
As I see it, the most important of these areas are such as would suggest reading Fou- cault from the vantage point of recent developments in the philosophy, sociology and history of science.
I: Foucauldian Archaeology.- 1. Introduction.- 2. On the Very Notion of "Archaeology".- 3. The New Histories in France.- The Annales Exemplars.- Against traditional history.- The history of mentalides.- Serial history and the construction of the historical fact.- The Exemplars of Historical Epistemology.- Duhem vs. Koyre.- Bachelard.- Canguilhem.- Althusser.- 4. Archaeology, the New Histories, and the History of Ideas.- Correlating the New Histories.- A Critical Re-Evaluation of the History of Ideas.- Foucault and Lovejoy.- The mythology of ideas.- The mythology at work: the examples of Holton and Cohen.- The mythology of coherence and contradiction.- 5. The Archaeological Model I: Identifying Discursive Formations.- What is a Foucauldian Statement?.- The Four Series.- Objects.- Enunciative modalities.- Organizations of the field of statements.- Strategies.- Interrelations, Derivation Trees and Contradictions.- Counterparts and Accessibility Relations - Comparing Discursive Formations.- Discourses and discursive formations.- Counterparts.- Accessibility relations.- 6. The Archaeological Model Ii: Beyond Continuity and Discontinuity.- Philosopher's VS. Historians' History of Science.- The Debate Over Continuity and Discontinuity Reconstructed.- The positivist-empirist model.- The antipositivist model.- Adding strata: the antipositivist revisionism.- Laudan and Foucault as postmodernists.- The Archaeological Dimension.- 7. Archaeology of Knowledge and Other Histories of Science.- Notes to Part I.- II: Foucauldian Genealogy.- 8. Introduction.- 9. The Concept of Power.- Some Standard Distinctions.- A Foucauldian Definition of Power.- 10. The Genealogical Conception of Power I: Fields and Networks.- Models of Power.- Internal Relations.- Power and Personal Identity.- Networks of Power.- Networks of Power and Invisible Hands.- 11. The Genealogical Conception of Power Ii: Social Power and Scientific Knowledge.- The Productivity of Power.- Barnes' Proposal.- Defending "Power/Knowledge".- A disquieting suggestion.- Science and exclusion.- An argument from underdetermination.- Realism and Modality.- 12. Genealogical Research Strategies.- Recovering Agonistic Events.- The return of the event.- Recovering contingency.- Causal multiplication.- The agonistic dimension.- Physicalism.- Histories of the body.- Body, power, knowledge.- Distrust and Irony.- Interests.- Ironic hypotheses.- 13. Genealogical Perspectivism.- Skepticism.- Constructivism.- Epistemological Relativism.- "Relativism Refuted" - refuted.- The "not-to-be-neglected truth".- Foucault's relativism.- 14. Genealogical Criticism of Power and Rationalities.- Genealogy as Criticism and Analysis of Ration- Alities.- Is Resistance Possible?.- Criticism Without Normativity?.- Notes To Part II.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.
Series: Synthese Library
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 31st October 1991
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 1.32