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Il problema dell’origine in Foucault

digital Il problema dell’origine in Foucault
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title Il problema dell’origine in Foucault
The Problem of the Origin in Foucault
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 10-2019
doi 10.26350/001050_000140
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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In the 1960s Foucault designed a work entitled The Thought of Origin. This article aims to show how the book was written in various publications. In fact, the theme of origin is present in Foucault since the first research and continues throughout the 1960s, always faced by relating Husserl and Nietzsche. This path, characterized by ruptures and second thoughts, presents a progressive distancing from the phenomenological matrix present in the Introduction to Traum und Existenz and in the History of Madness, in which Foucault is under the influence of Merleau-Ponty. Coming to share Derrida’s thesis of the impossibility of right to access the origin, but going beyond the textualism of deconstruction, Foucault shows how every discourse on the origin, not only is an anthropological dispositif, but also a typical configuration of the politics of truth, whose power games must be unmasked.


Michel Foucault, Origin, Phenomenology, Anthropology, Dispositif

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano. Email: