The Order of Things: An Archaeology of Human Sciences (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 18, 2012 - Philosophy - 387 pages
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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.

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.

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User Review  - Max Bowen - Goodreads

this book was long and had nice sections about plants and animals. CRUCIAL FOR UNDERSTANDING FOUCAULT'S OEUVRE. Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel Cunningham - Goodreads

First of all, this book is... opaque. The writing style is very verbose, even flowery in places, full of rhetorical questions and repetition, etc. There may be no accounting for taste, and, true, styles change, but the style of this book leaves a lot to be asked for. Read full review

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Michel Foucault (1926 1984) was a French philosopher, historian, social theorist, and philologist. One of the leading intellectuals of the twentieth century and the most prominent thinker in post-war France, Foucault's work influenced disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, philosophy, sociology, and literary criticism.

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