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Husserl versus Foucault: "Apriori" revisited

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Maurice Erb

Universität Zürich
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The uniqueness of Foucault's work bears not least on a rare combination of meticulous historical research and philosophical abstraction. However, this combination—exemplified by the notion of the 'historical a priori'—also induces a fundamental tension that seems impossible to resolve. By tracing Foucault's 'historical a priori' back to Husserl, the paper shows that the concept remained unwillingly bound to this phenomenological legacy. In a comparison with American Pragmatism, drawing on its major similitudes with and differences to Foucault's thought, the author finally hints at a possible remedy for these methodological contradictions.
How to Cite: Erb, M. (2015). Husserl versus Foucault: "Apriori" revisited. Le foucaldien, 1(1), 2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/lefou.3
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Published on 02 Feb 2015.
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