Foucault, Michel - The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences

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[xxi-xxii] {archaeology, discontinuity, historiography} ... it is rather an enquiry whose aim is to rediscover on what basis knowledge and theory became possible; within what space of order knowledge is constituted... Such an enterprise is not so much a history, in the traditional meaning of the word, as an "archaeology".

[31] {archaeology} [The] archeological level -- the level of what made [an event or a situation] possible.

[326] {other, episteme} Man has not been able to describe himself as a configuration in the episteme without thought at the same time discovering, both in itself and outside itself, at its borders yet also within its very warp and woof, an element of darkness, an apparently inert density in which it is embedded, an unthought which it contains entirely, yet in which it is also caught. The unthought (whatever name we give it) is not lodged in man like a shrivelled-up nature or a stratified history; it is, in relation to man, the Other...

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