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Archaeology teaches how archaeologists think as they scientifically find, evaluate, and interpret evidence and conveys the thrill of archaeological discovery. The primary goal of this text is to provide a scientific introduction to the vast and intriguing field of archaeology. In this fourth edition, discussions on theoretical aspects of archaeology, as well as practical applications of what has been learnt about the past, have been revised and enlarged.
The Discourse on Language and the Archaeology of Knowledge
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Are madness, sexuality, power, and knowledge facts of existence or merely words? Michel Foucault, a historian, unearthed the hidden assumptions that govern the way we live and think in a series of writings of astounding brilliance. The Archaeology of Knowledge starts with 'things said' and swiftly continues on to explain the connections between knowledge, language, and action in a profound and intimate way.
Michel Foucault, one of the twentieth century's most influential philosophers, was born in Poitiers, France, in 1926. He lectured in universities all over the world, held positions as director of the Institut Français in Hamburg, Germany, and the Institut de Philosophie at the Faculté des Lettres at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, and contributed often to French newspapers and reviews. It is impossible to overestimate his impact on generations of intellectuals in the fields of sociology, queer theory, cultural studies, and critical thinking. The Foucault Reader, Society Must Be Defended, and Great Ideas were among his many works.
He was a professor at France's most prestigious college, the Collège de France, when he died in June 1984. Foucault was the first French public personality to succumb to HIV/AIDS.