The errors of history: knowledge and epistemology in bachelard, canguilhem and foucault

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This paper critically evaluates Foucault’s relation to Bachelard and Canguilhem. It reconsiders the relevance of the concept of “influence” for treating this relation in order to register the more sceptical position Foucault adopts towards knowledge practices than either of these figures from twentieth-century French epistemology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-154
Number of pages16
JournalAngelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2018


  • epistemology
  • error
  • Gaston Bachelard
  • Georges Canguilhem
  • history
  • Michel Foucault
  • rationalism
  • science

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