9 December 1970
THE WILL TO KNOW is the title I would like to give to this year’s lectures. To tell the truth, I think I could also have given this title to most of the historical analyses I have carried out up until now. It could also describe those I would now like to undertake. I think all these analyses—past or still to come—could be seen as something like so many “fragments for a morphology of the will to know.”*
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- 8.See the text at the start of the Meditations quoted in M. Foucault, Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (Paris: Plon, 1961) pp. ([0-9]+)–([0-9]+); English translation by Jonathan Murphy and Jean Khalfa, History of Madness (London and New York: Routledge, 2006) pp. ([0-9]+)–([0-9]+), which became the object of a polemic with Jacques Derrida from 1963 to 1972; see J. Derrida, L’Écriture et la Différence (Paris: Seuil, 1967) pp. 61–97; English translationby Alan Bass, Writing and Difference (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980) pp. ([0-9]+)–([0-9]+).Google Scholar