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Discourse, Complexity, Life: Elaborating the Possibilities of Foucault’s Materialist Concept of Discourse

Olssen, MEH (2010) Discourse, Complexity, Life: Elaborating the Possibilities of Foucault’s Materialist Concept of Discourse In: Beyond Universal Pragmatics. Interdisciplinary Communication Studies, 4 . Peter Lang Pub Inc, Geneva, pp. 25-58. ISBN 3039119923

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Abstract

I want to suggest in this article that it is through the elaboration of the concept of discourse that the differences between Foucault and thinkers like Habermas, Hegel and Marx can best be understood. Foucault progressively develops a conception of discourse as a purely historical category that resists all reference to transcendental principles of unity – whether of substance or form – but sees the emergence of discursive frameworks as precarious and contested assemblages characterised by indeterminacy, complexity, openness, uncertainty and contingency. His approach thus enables a reconciliation of difference and commonality, or the particular and the general, in a distinctive and viable way.

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Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
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Date : 10 February 2010
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of a book chapter published as Olssen MEH (2010). Discourse, Complexity, Life: Elaborating the Possibilities of Foucault’s Materialist Concept of Discourse. In Beyond Universal Pragmatics. Editors: Grant CB. 4: 25-58. Peter Lang Pub Inc, Geneva 10 Feb 2010. Available at: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=52892&concordeid=11992
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Date Deposited : 20 Jun 2013 11:45
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URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/239153

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