The Order of Things
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The Order of Things

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With vast erudition, Foucault cuts across disciplines and reaches back into seventeenth century to show how classical systems of knowledge, which linked all of nature within a great chain of being and analogies between the stars in the heavens and the features in a human face, gave way to the modern sciences of biology, philology, and political economy. The result is nothing less than an archaeology of the sciences that unearths old patterns of meaning and reveals the shocking arbitrariness of our received truths. In the work that established him as the most important French thinker since Sartre, Michel Foucault offers startling evidence that "man" man as a subject of scientific knowledge is at best a recent invention, the result of a fundamental mutation in our culture."show more

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  • Paperback | 387 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0679753354
  • 9780679753353
  • 35,107

About Michel Foucalt

Michel Foucault was born in Poitiers, France, in 1926. He lecturerd in universities throughout the world; served as director at the Institut Francais in Hamburg, Germany and at the Institut de Philosophi at the Faculte des Lettres in the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France; and wrote frequently for French newspapers and reviews. At the time of his death in 1984, he held a chair at France's most prestigious institutions, the College de France.show more