Michel Foucault's archaeology of knowledge and economic discourse


  • Serhat Kologlugil Isik University, Turkey




Michel Foucault, economic discourse, archeology of knowledge, epistemology, postmodernism, Serhat Kologlugil


The literature in economic methodology has witnessed an increase in the number of studies which, drawing upon the postmodern turn in social sciences, pay serious attention to the non-epistemological-discursive elements of economic theorizing. This recent work on the "economic discourse" has thus added a new dimension to economic methodology by analyzing various discursive aspects of the construction of scientific meanings in economics. Taking a similar stance, this paper explores Michel Foucault's archaeological analysis of scientific discourses. It aims to show that his archaeological reading of the history of economic thought provides an articulate non-epistemological framework for the analysis of the discursive elements in the history of economics and contemporary economic theorizing.

Author Biography

Serhat Kologlugil, Isik University, Turkey

Serhat Kologlugil received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Riverside, in 2008, with a dissertation entitled A contribution to the critique of economics: essays on theorizing the economic order. He currently teaches history of economic thought and development economics at Isik University, Istanbul. His research interests include philosophy and methodology of economics, history of economic thought, and heterodox schools of thought in economics.




How to Cite

Kologlugil, S. (2010). Michel Foucault’s archaeology of knowledge and economic discourse. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 3(2), 1–25. https://doi.org/10.23941/ejpe.v3i2.53