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Madness, sexuality, power, knowledge--are these facts of life or simply parts of speech? The Archaeology of Knowledge begins at the level of "things said" and moves quickly to illuminate the connections between knowledge, language, and action in a style at once profound and personal. A summing up of Foucault's own methodological assumptions, this book is also a first step toward a genealogy of the way we live now. Translated by A.M. Sheridan Smith.
"Next to Sartre's Search for a Method and in direct opposition to it, Foucault's work is the most noteworthy effort at a theory of history in the last fifty years, undermining our deepest assumptions about the nature of change and the object of historical inquiry...This is truly a work of great magnitude."--Library Journal