Michel Pêcheux

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Not to be confused with the French fencer Michel Pécheux.

Michel Pêcheux (1938–1983) was a French philosopher. He was a follower of Louis Althusser. He was a leading French contributor to discourse analysis. In the 1960s, Pêcheux became involved with the journal Cahiers pour l'Analyse, where he began developing his own unique model of 'discourse analysis'.[1] In all of his contributions to the Cahiers, Pêcheux used the pseudonym Thomas Herbert.[1]

Select bibliography[edit]

  • Analyse automatique du discours (1969)
  • Les vérités la Palice (1975)
  • La langue introuvable (1981) with Françoise Gadet
In English translation
  • "Discourse: Structure or Event?", trans. Warren Montag, with Marie-Germaine Pêcheux and Denise Guback. In Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, eds. Cary Nelson and Lawrence Grossberg. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1988, pp. 633–650.
  • "Ideology: Fortress or Paradoxical Space?". In Rethinking Ideology: A Marxist Debate, eds. Sakari Hanninen and Leena Paldan. New York: International General/IMMRC, 1983.


  1. ^ a b George Herbert/Michel Pêcheux Homepage at Cahiers pour l'Analyse

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