Fernando Rivera
Universidad Nacional de Colombia


This article includes a critical revision of the text «La Historia de los Hombres» (The Historyof Men) by Josep Fontana. The author acknowledges that even though the text—stimulatingbecause so provoking—would merit a more attentive response, this essay will only commenton some affirmations made by Fontana starting in chapter 13, «El Giro Cultural» (TheCultural Turn). This decision is made because the laxity of some of his paraphrasingcompromises the legitimacy and even the utility of categories and methodologies originatingfrom the text-discourse analysis, the «representation» theories and the semiotic approaches.

Keywords:Analysis, text discourse, semiotics of language, representation theory.