By Chris Freeman, Francisco Louçã
The net and cellular phones have made every person extra acutely aware than ever of the pc revolution and its results at the economic system and society. 'As Time is going by way of' places this revolution within the viewpoint of past waves of technical swap: steam-powered mechanization, electrification, and motorization. It argues for a conception of reasoned monetary heritage which assigns a crucial position to those successive technological revolutions.
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I have chosen not to limit this book to one or even a number of dis courses, because doing so has led many Foucauldians to focus exclusively on one kind of rationality-say, political rationality-despite Foucault's insistence that one must trace the "divergence, the distances, the oppositions, the differ ences, the relations of various . . "2 8 Limiting oneself to one ratio nality respects the outcome of that long (and uneven) process of disciplinary disaggregation that has created the modern, functionally differentiated do mains; but respecting this outcome without understanding the historical process of disaggregation that has produced it tends to obscure the traces of likeness that linger in modern discourses.