What, in short, we wish to do is dispense with ‘things.’ To ‘depresentify’ them. To conjure up their rich, heavy, immediate plentitude, which we usually regard as the primitive law of a discourse that has become divorced from it through error, oblivion, illusion, ignorance, or the inertia of beliefs and traditions, or even the perhaps unconscious desire not to see and not to speak.
–Michel Foucualt, The Archaeology of Knowledge (p. 47)
(Synchronic Unconscious I)
What I would like to do, however, is to reveal a positive unconscious of knowledge: a level that eludes the consciousness of the scientist and yet is part of scientific discourse, instead of disputing its validity and seeking to diminish its scientific nature.
–Michel Foucault, The Order of Things (p. xi; #)
The strength of psychoanalysis consists in its having opened out onto something quite different, namely the logic of the unconscious. … Not the theory of development, nor the sexual secret behind neuroses or psychoses, but a logic of the unconscious ….
–Michel Foucault, “The Confession of the Flesh,” Power/Knowledge (p. 213)