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Menggugat Sejarah Ide

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Madness, sexuality, power, knowledge-are these facts of life or simply parts of speech? In a series of works, historian Michel Foucault excavated the hidden assumptions that govern the way we live & think. The Archaeology of Knowledge begins at the level of 'things said' & moves quickly to illuminate the connections between knowledge, language & action in a sty ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published May 2002 by IRCiSoD (first published 1969)
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Aug 19, 2010 marked it as maybe-later  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Peter Mendelsund
Shelves: france
I might as well admit it up front. The reason I bought this book last week was that the cover was hot. Hot as in attractive. It wooed me. (No, it's not this 1980s green-and-purple nightmare you see on your computer monitor now. As usual, most of the Goodreads librarians are too busy playing hall monitor and tossing Otis's salad in the Goodreads Feedback group to attend to cover design updates. So we're left with this cover. An unusually competent librarian has since added the cover and it appear ...more
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I mean, it's amazing, but it is also kind of boring.
Rachel Smalter Hall
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, french
One of my dear friends told me that she believed Foucault had made feminism possible for women. He also made me want to put a stick in my eye, while I was reading this book. Really, Foucault? Do you really have to be so damned inscrutable??

The rewards for making it to the end of Archaeology of Knowledge are so worth it, though. In his own way, Foucault pokes and prods until he completely convinces you that disciplines are little more than arbitrary, fragile, man-made constructions--artificial bo
يوسف زهدى
كتاب فلسفي مرهق, فكرته الأساسية في تحليل مباديء العلوم والمعرفة عن طريق تكسير العلوم المتدارسة وتأريخها والعودة لأصولها عن طريق محاولة مستنيرة لحذف التأثر باللغة المحيطة والمجتمع (او ده خلاصة اللي أنا فهمته من الكتاب و في الأرجح لم استفد من كل او بالكاد نصف ما فيه)
اعتقد وبشدة إن موضوع الكتاب متميز ويستحق الدراسة أكتر, لكن لغة الكتاب فعلا مرهقة وصعبة على القاريء المتوسط اللي زي حالاتي, اعتقد برضه إن ممكن مؤلفين تانيين يكتبوا في نفس الموضوع باستخدام لغة ابسط ومفردات وامثلة أسهل عشان ناس أكتر تستفي
Luís C.
More than explaining a horizon of intelligibility, Foucault is simply describing a logical open space in which there is a certain discourse. To open this logical space, Foucault restores exegesis of significant monuments left by mankind, who had been the concern of traditional humanism, by quasi-structuralist development sets of insignificant elements.The notion of rarity, by Foucault, allows precisely identify what is rigorous and meaningful for a time, without thereby archaeologist shall have ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dense. Dense. Dense. Also pretty brilliant. I had to slog through this one just to make sure the main ideas I'm building off of for my thesis aren't being misrepresented (a recurring nightmare of mine...[at my thesis defense] 'So, did you actually read Foucault?'). This man's mind works so differently from others', and because he's so crazy smart, he spends most of his time justifying the possibility of his ideas. I have a hunch that an abridged version of this one would be all of 50-odd pages, ...more
Mar 19, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ellen by: lily, sorta.
i am to-read this book because i like to be simultaneously amazed and kind of bored.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is no doubt one of the most important methodological texts written for the humanities. The applications are endless. Foucault's apparatus is somewhat bulky and almost unusable in places. I do not think that the entire book could be applied to one specific project. I see this as more a tool bag from which a scholar might take out particular tools to help see histories and discourses in different ways. In this way, The Archeology of Knowledge is not so much a work of theory, as it is a method ...more
Seth Pierce
My three stars has nothing to do with Foucault's brilliant deconstruction of language, but rather the achievement of maximum verbosity. I think this book represents a lifetime of commas and semicolons which make the text difficult to follow at times. While the level of critique is impressive, I can't help but think an appendix or twelve may have done this work a service in ensuring the reader tracked with all the micro-arguments and not just the macro-argument.

That being said, this work reveals
This is the sort of book that you feel that is brilliant, that brings something substantial to the humanities, a book which was read and reread and continues to amaze, yet you cant wait to finish it and go back to critics, who had enough patience to depict it sentence by sentence, because you are bored with the actual book.  
Sayeed Mohd
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among other things I like the book for the way it traverses meanings to reveal newer sense in words, and that in almost every sentence.
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Pre-genealogical Foucault. Labor intensive, but very much worth it.

A professor recommended it to me in the early 90s, along with Lyotard's The Postmodern Condition and Jane Flax's Thinking Fragments as the essential texts to read for literary theory. (Another professor with a different theoretical background recommended concurrently therewith Eagleton's Ideology, Brantlinger's Crusoe's Footprints, and Belsey's Critical Practice; I dutifully read all that stuff, and be advised that the second set
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I think it's helpful to think of this book, which I admit I struggled through, as something of the introduction to the methodology that would later result in relative page-turners like Discipline and Punish and the three volumes of The History of Sexuality. Of course, Foucault himself would hate this: One of his arguments is that scholars remain committed to the antiquated notion that authors repeat themselves across their texts. Ultimately, the point is that in excavating history we should seek ...more
Avie Flanagan Vaughan
Another author whose entire oeuvre, essentially, changed the course of my life as a critical thinker. When I read this, I had been in a sort of Jane Austen / the Romantic poets phase for quite some time, and I was utterly bored with literature, with studying literature, with repeatedly canvassing the same tired books. Then I found Garcia Marquez and Foucault, I discovered the genuine critical theory of literature, and I embarked upon an infatuation with semiotics, (post)structuralist, and postmo ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to say that the Emperor has no clothes and perhaps this wasn't the best book to begin my Foucalt journey with; however... I found it to be completely rediculous, meticulous, superfluous, and unnecessary. Certainly there are nuggets of lucid and intriguing points buried in his winding and verbose prose. The reality is that no one should have to take the time currently required to make sense of what he is attempting to say (language and words have power). Even for a frenchman in translation ...more
Jonathan Lyons
The Ur text, especially the appended text of Foucault's inaugural lecture at the College de France. Essential for understanding the divide between our discursive selves and the non-discursive reality that silently surrounds us.
Grad school read
Mark Bowles
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Theory of Discourse
1. The archaeological analysis of the human sciences was meant to reveal the rules of formation, and modes of organization of thought which eluded the consciousness of the scientist yet were fundamental to scientific discourse
2. Archaeology then permitted Foucault to discuss the transformations in the field of historical knowledge
3. Two ways to construct a history of thought
a) To preserve the sovereignty of the subject. To see an uninterrupted continuity
b) Foucault’s way. De
Chris Radjenovich
I will not lie when I say this is a book I will be going back to for a long time to come. Despite coming out of it understanding the generality of the topic, the language used is dense, frustrating, and at times extremely redundant. There are times where I read the same chapter three times in a roe just to grasp the essence of what Foucault was saying. And despite it, I know I will have to return to this book many time in the future.

But the fact that I'm willing to come back to it proves the how
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great. Someone called it boring. Fool! It's the clearest thing Foucault has ever written, while still dipping into the occasional grammatically-challenged (albeit poetic) run-on sentences and drama I have always known and loved. It's best read as the closing of a series of books in which Foucault is analyzing (while trying to formulate a way of analyzing) institutions. It works well on its own but if you really want to see where Foucault is coming from read, in order: Madness and Ci ...more
Raúl Vázquez
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El importante compositor francés, Olivier Messiaen, escribió una obra teórica sobre los diversos aspectos rítmicos, melódicos y conceptuales desarrollados por él mismo y vertidos en su basta obra. Si hay un texto en las ciencias humanas que se equipare al elaborado por Messiaen en la música, es definitivamente La Arqueología del Saber. Foucault, en una línea heredera de Althusser y conocedor de lo "exótico" de su análisis, elabora en esta obra una síntesis de su propuesta meta-epistemológica par ...more
Mohammed Hamad
الكثير من الهدم والتقويض، القليل من الإصلاح والتوضيح، المنهج الأركيولوجي يتشابه في بعض الأمور مع البنيوية والفينومينولوجيا بالرغم من مهاجمته الشديدة لهم، ويختلف بشكل رئيسي في كونه يدرس الخطابات ذاتها وعلاقتها بالخطابات والتصورات الأخرى والنظام التي نشأت داخله ليبين أوجه الثورات الفكرية والتحولات والانقطاعات ومن ثم تهافت فكرة الغائية والتواصلية التاريخية والفكرية والمركزية المتعالية للوعي الإنساني، ولكنه يخرج نفسه من مجال النقد ولا يحاول جعل منهجه أساسا لأي علم أو فلسفة ولا عجب أن فوكو قد تخلى عن ...more
ryan bears
Dec 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i swear, once your done reading foucault you feel as if you've taken in something deep. but the whole time im reading im like get to the point - sometimes he does. discourse, yup. this book has his famous remarks in the intro: "don't ask me who i am, don't ask me to stay the same blah blah... i hate that line. sounds like some hippie on a mundane acid trip. no wonder he moved to san francisco.
Cryn Johannsen
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Foucault's more difficult works, but a must read for anyone who wishes to understand his thought. It is absolutely foundational in how Foucault conceives of history and change.
Jenni Burgess
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An important bit of theory on the subjective nature of all history, and how we might best understand it by approaching it with an archeologist's mindset and methods.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
I'm so post-modern now, am I not?
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By far the sassiest Foucault book I've read.
Jan 01, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
There are practical and concise explanations of discourse and discourse analysis, including good summaries of Foucault’s approach. This is not one of them. If asked to recommend a book by Foucault, I would suggest a different one which I reviewed earlier this year: I, Pierre Rivière, having slaughtered my mother, my sister, and my brother...: A Case of Parricide in the 19th Century by Michel Foucault (Editor), Frank Jellinek, (Translator). It is more fun and more effective as a guide to start th ...more
Rowland Bismark
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Archäologie des Wissens ist Foucault's Versuch, nach der Tat, theoretisch zu beschreiben die Methode, die er (verwendet in seinen ersten drei Bücher der Geschichte Madness and Civilization, Die Geburt der Klinik, und Die Ordnung der Dinge ). Dies ist also nicht die Vorlage einer formalen Theorie) gebaut logisch aus Axiomen, sondern die Beschreibung einer bestimmten Art von Umgang mit der Geschichte (eine "Art des Sprechens" über die Geschichte. Archäologische Untersuchung soll Diskurs beschr ...more
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Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, social theorist and historian of ideas. He held a chair at the Collège de France with the title "History of Systems of Thought," and lectured at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences and the prison sys
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“Are you going to change yet again, shift your position according to the questions that are put to you, and say that the objections are not really directed at the place from which you are speaking? Are you going to declare yet again that you have never been what you have been reproached with being? Are you already preparing the way out that will enable you in your next book to spring up somewhere else and declare as you're now doing: no, no, I'm not where you are lying in wait for me, but over here, laughing at you?'
'What, do you imagine that I would take so much trouble and so much pleasure in writing, do you think that I would keep so persistently to my task, if I were not preparing – with a rather shaky hand – a labyrinth into which I can venture, into which I can move my discourse... in which I can lose myself and appear at last to eyes that I will never have to meet again. I am no doubt not the only one who writes in order to have no face. Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same: leave it to our bureaucrats and our police to see that our papers are in order. At least spare us their morality when we write.”
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