The present is independent of the past, and the past is independent of the present.
Foucault says that genealogical analysis differs from traditional historical analysis because it single out event rather than generalizing its. Genealogical analysis single out specific event in history that is actually neglected by other analysis (Sarup, 2014). Foucault says that scholar has neglected spectacular knowledge in search of that knowledge that is scientific and fall within the assumption of scientific study.
Foucault rejects the notion of origin and argues that history is a conception that starts lowly, contingent and complex (Sarup, 2014). Genealogy according to Foucault reveals that events are as a result of the multiplicity of factors and factors are so fragile that no specific point in time can explain historic event as explained by other historians. Foucault view history as defined by constant changes and dynamics of structures that define the past (Sarup, 2014).
Foucault proposes that historical phenomena occur for a purpose at a particular time. For this reason, Foucault says that the consequences of the existence of man have been defined by human sciences. Foucault dialect instances in the history of man and analyze what consequences resulted to the formation of the institution that we have today. In doing this, Foucault demonstrate that the past has not influenced the present, but it is the needs that people have in a particular stage in life that dictates the best remedy to address it. Foucault argues that the history should not be seen as evolving, but rather it emerges to solve society problems.
In his book the ‘Madness and Civilization’ he describes how poverty, madness and lack of jobs were seen as a social problem. Therefore, the description of individuals that were facing challenges as a social problem prompted the government to find solution on how to