The Spaces of History

in Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780226254708
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226254722 | DOI:
The Spaces of History

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This chapter examines Foucault's first major work, The History of Madness, in light of spatialized reasoning. The concept of spatialized reasoning is elaborated in the chapter with an extended discussion of two terms ingredient in Foucault's archaeological method: “transformation” and “displacement.” These terms receive thorough treatment because of their spatial character and especially because of their pivotal function in advancing Foucault's arguments. If Foucault's peculiar approach to history assumes a comparative, diachronic vision and reasons with the help of spatial techniques that, while scarcely ignoring the temporal, shatter it into numerous “viscosities,” one would hardly be amazed were he to second Paul Veyne's suggestion that comparative history has more in common with comparative geography than with what Foucault calls “the thin line” of narrative.

Keywords: Foucault; philosophical vision; comparative history; spatialized reasoning; narratives

Chapter.  10813 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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