File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_1998/foucault.9801, message 9


Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 09:34:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: undergrad texts




On Sun, 4 Jan 1998, Clare O'Farrell wrote:

> Eric Angel mentions that it was Discipline and Punish and The History of
> Sexuality that first got him interested in Foucault. For me it was two
> texts - the first 'The Situation of Cuvier in the history of biology'
> followed by _The Archaeology_ I thought the Archaeology was a wonderful
> book - it was certainly the one that got me thoroughly hooked on Foucault.

Speaking of which:  a while ago, I read a book (can't remember which;
maybe Megill, but I don't think so) which claimed that AK must be
read as a parody of Descartes's _Discourse on Method_:  that if you read
it straight, you just don't get it.  Personally, I don't much see the
connection (and anyway I'm inclined to agree with Rorty that AK is
Foucault's "least successful book").  Comments?

Matthew

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