Be stronger, Foucault

This place marks a moment where Foucault bends. I wonder why…?

In order to define more precisely what I mean by ‘preconceptual’, I shall take the example of the four ‘theoretical schemata’, studied in my book The Order of Things, and which characterize General Grammar in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These four schemata –attribution, articulation, designation, and derivation– do not designate concepts that were in fact used by the Classical grammarians; nor do they make it possible to reconstitute, over and above different grammatical works, some sort of more general, more abstract, more impoverished system, but discover, by the fact, the profound compatibility of these different, apparently opposed systems.


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