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Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 22:24:48 EDT
Subject: Re: foucault/cultural unconscious?

I'm pretty sure it's in the introduction to the Order of Things -- I don't 
have my copy of it with me, so I can't give you the exact quote -- but he 
says that was the first risk that he took.  what he meant, as I understood 
it, was that there is an order outside the structure of conscious thought, a 
scaffolding that he describes in the book.  one example would be the way in 
which logic is constructed, such as finding it's validity early on in 
similitude, then in difference, and later in function.  sorry I can't be more 

joe brennan....

In a message dated 07/20/2000 10:00:46 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

 I think you're right in thinking Foucault said something like that.
 However, he didn't mean it in the sense of any sort of 'collective
 unconscious' but rather as the 'outside', as that which is unsaid or
 unsayable, within a given socio-cultural formation.  Unfortunately, I
 cannot tell you where he said it except that I think it was about the time
 of Power/Knowledge.  Perhaps in an interview either published in this
 collection or around that time anyway.  I think the comment is particularly
 in relation to Madness and Civilisation, but can't be any more clear I'm


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