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date: 28 May 2024

statement (énoncé) 

A Dictionary of Critical Theory

Ian Buchanan

FrenchhistorianMichel *Foucault's term for the most elementary unit of *discourse. It does not correlate to a sentence, word, or even a proposition. It does not have the same kind of existence as either language or an object, though in fact it can be constituted by both. Foucault's most famous example of a statement is undoubtedly his claim that the keyboard of a typewriter is not a statement, but when it is reproduced in a typing manual it is. It is a statement about the construction of typewriter keyboards in a particular country. This is a statement because it refers to a set of laws of possibility or rules of existence—the shape and organization of the keyboard, the need to master it, and so on.... ...

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