The editor [Michel Freeden] has asked me to provide an account of the theoretical approach which I have developed in a variety of publications over the last twenty years. In attempting to do so I intend to present an articulation as systematic as possible of the main categories associated with discourse theory in the way in which it has been conceived by myself and by a series of other scholars. It is in the global architectonics of this articulation, rather than in the particular theses composing it, that the contribution of this chapter is to be found.