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Three Foucault's Major Works
Three foucault's major works

In keeping with the introductory mission of this book, this chapter will provide a series of short summaries of Foucault's major works. The descriptions will be fairly brief and the detail of Foucault's ideas will be expanded on more fully in later chapters. Once again we are faced with a series of complex problems. If, as we have already seen, the category of the ‘author’ is far from being straightforward, the category of the author's ‘work’ also generates a number of significant difficulties.

In the first chapter of his methodological work The Archaeology of Knowledge, Foucault begins by questioning the various categories that are commonly used to organise written material, namely the author, the ‘work’ and the book. These ...

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