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As thelast updateonthis booksaid, I was able to make a trip to Paris over reading week. I spent most of the time at the BNF working on archival materials related toThe Archaeology of Knowledge. There is a manuscript on philosophical discourse, probably written in 1966, which seems to be an abandoned book project; a complete early draft of what became the book; and substantial fragments of another draft. The record is incomplete, and there are a lot of question marks around dating and sequence, but this is more preparatory material than any other of Foucault’s published books, with the exception of the second and third volumes of theHistory of Sexuality. In that case, this seems to be because Foucault was in hospital and unable to destroy these draft materials. I discuss those inFoucault’s Last Decade.

Some parts of theArchaeology

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