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Single Idea 15037

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 1. Knowledge]

Full Idea

How is it that at certain moments and in certain orders of knowledge, there are these sudden take-offs, these hastenings of evolution, these transformations which fail to correspond to the calm, continuist image that is normally accredited?

Gist of Idea

Why does knowledge appear in sudden bursts, and not in a smooth continuous development?


Michel Foucault (Truth and Power (interview) [1976], p.114)

Book Reference

Foucault,Michel: 'Essential Works 1954-1984 3: Power', ed/tr. Faubion,J [Penguin 2002], p.114

A Reaction

The answer is either in the excitement of a new motivation, which may concern power, or may concern pure understanding - or else it is just that one discovery brings a host of others along with (like discovering DNA).