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Six Discontinuity and Discourse
Six discontinuity and discourse
Discontinuity and the Event

The principle of discontinuity is one of the essential characteristics of Foucault's approach to history and while his most detailed discussions of this idea occur for the most part in his historiographical works of the late 1960s and early 1970s, it is a principle that he never abandons. Why is Foucault so insistent in his rejection of continuity as a tool for historical explanation? The problem is, he says, that it in fact implies a whole host of ‘metaphysical’ and unprovable assumptions about history and experience, assumptions which ultimately entrench existing systems of power and injustice. Thus he embarks on a quest to find every possible discontinuity, break and difference. Also crucial to Foucault's practice ...

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