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Andrew Lee Dr. Vanderhaagen COM 409 05/03/2016 Foucault For the discussion assignment, I read and analyzed both of Foucault’s works, Archaeology of Knowledge , and The Order of Discourse . The underlying theme of both works is his questioning of the will to truth and to “restore to discourse its character as an event.” He treats author, meaning, and knowledge as a “function of discourse, not as its source. He examines discourse as a practice, a form of action, and not as a reflection of the world. According to the reading, Foucault’s theory of discourse describes the “relationship between language and knowledge; the functions of disciplines, institutions, and other discourse communities; the ways that particular statements come to have truth value; the constraints on the production of discourse about objects of knowledge; the effects of discursive practices on social action; and the uses of discourse to exercise power.” To Foucault, discourse is about the production of knowledge through language. Essentially, discourse constructs the topic. It produces and defines the objects pertaining to our knowledge, and presides over the way a topic can be talked and reasoned about. Epistemological by definition, pertains to epistemology a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge. This way of thinking reminded me of Rene Descartes
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