In France, a country that awards its intellectuals the status other countries give their rock stars, Michel Foucault was part of a glittering generation of thinkers, one which also included Sartre, de Beauvoir and Deleuze. One of the great intellectual heroes of the twentieth century, Foucault was a man whose passion and reason were at the service of nearly every progressive cause of his time. From law and order, to mental health, to power and knowledge, he spearheaded public awareness of the dynamics that hold us all in thrall to a few powerful ideologies and interests. Arguably his finest work, Archaeology of Knowledge is a challenging but fantastically rewarding introduction to his ideas.

part I|19 pages


chapter |17 pages


part II|65 pages

The Discursive Regularities

chapter 1|11 pages

The Unities of Discourse

chapter 2|10 pages

Discursive Formations

chapter 3|11 pages

The Formation of Objects

chapter 4|7 pages

The Formation of Enunciative Modalities

chapter 5|9 pages

The Formation of Concepts

chapter 6|8 pages

The Formation of Strategies

chapter 7|7 pages

Remarks and Consequences

part III|62 pages

The Statement and the Archive

chapter 1|10 pages

Defining the Statement

chapter 2|20 pages

The Enunciative Function

chapter 3|14 pages

The Description of Statements

chapter 4|9 pages

Rarity, Exteriority, Accumulation

chapter 5|7 pages

The Historical a Priori and the Archive

part IV|67 pages

Archaeological Description

chapter 1|6 pages

Archaeology and the History of Ideas

chapter 2|9 pages

The Original and the Regular

chapter 3|8 pages


chapter 4|9 pages

The Comparative Facts

chapter 5|13 pages

Change and Transformations

chapter 6|20 pages

Science and Knowledge

part V|16 pages


chapter |14 pages