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Idea and Phenomenon: On Intellectual History, Foucault and Various Other Things

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This essay addresses the still contentious status of Michel Foucault as intellectual historian. Making a set of larger classifications for intellectual history as a field, the essay argues that the basic problem of intellectual history remains an engagement with ‘ideas' and, moreover, with the notion that ‘ideas' are most meaningful when addressed in their historicity. By these criteria, Foucault is accepted as an intellectual historian. However, this essay also suggests that such a view of intellectual history demands a specific phenomenological and hermeneutic epistemology. The paper thus concludes with the suggestion that a tying‐together of intellectual history and phenomenological and hermeneutic epistemology may bear fruit for future research.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2006-04-01

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