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Five the Unconscious of History and Culture
Five the unconscious of history and culture
Principle 2: History

For Foucault, ‘history’ is the tool par excellence for challenging and analysing existing orders and also for suggesting the possibility of new orders. History is about beginnings and ends and about change and freedom. As he remarks towards the end of his career:

It is one of my targets to show people that a lot of things that are a part of their landscape – that people think are universal – are the result of some very precise historical changes. All my analyses are against the idea of universal necessities in human existence. They show the arbitrariness of institutions and show which space of freedom we still enjoy, and how many ...

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