The Order of Things
The Order of Things
An Archaeology of Human Sciences

When one defines "order" as a sorting of priorities, it becomes beautifully clear as to what Foucault is doing here. With virtuoso showmanship, he weaves an intensely complex history of thought. He dips into literature, art, economics and even biology in The Order of Things, possibly one of the most significant yet most overlooked works of the twentieth century. Eclipsed by his later work on power and discourse, nonetheless it was The Order of Things that established Foucault's reputation as an intellectual giant. Pirouetting around the outer edge of language, Foucault unsettles the surface of literary writing. In describing the limitations of our usual taxonomies, he opens the door onto a whole new system of thought, one ripe with what he calls "exotic charm". Intellectual pyrotechnics from the master of critical thinking, this book is crucial reading for those who wish to gain insight into that odd beast called Postmodernism, and a must for any fan of Foucault.

Title The Order of Things
Subtitle An Archaeology of Human Sciences
Author Michel Foucault
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 29 March 1994
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 416 p.
ISBN-10 0679753354
ISBN-13 9780679753353
Publication Date 29 March 1994
Main content page count 416
Weight 10.6 oz.

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