The purpose of a genealogical examination of power dynamics: to make the unconscious conscious, and the unconscionable conscionable. To understand the origin and development of a norm is to understand its contingency and therefore its mutability — because that which is not necessary can, with effort, be changed. And what is power but the ability to change on purpose? So knowledge really is power, not the technical knowledge of isolated facts, but the wisdom of becoming: all order, rank, hierarchy, authority is contrived, non-essential, a matter of convenience and inertia. We are determined by history but we are free to re-determine it.