Order Of Things, The / Edition 2

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415267366
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Routledge Classics Ser.
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
Foreword to the English Edition


1 Las Meninas
2 The Prose of the World
I The Four Similitudes
II Signatures
III The Limits of the World
IV The Writing of Things
V The Being of Language

3 Representing
I Don Quixote
II Order
III The Representation of the Sign
IV Duplicated Representation
V The Imagination of Resemblance
VI Mathesis and 'Taxinomia'

4 Speaking
I Criticism and Commentary
II General Grammar
III The Theory of the Verb
IV Articulation
V Designation
VI Derivation
VII The Quadrilateral of Language

5 Classifying
I What the Historians Say
II Natural History
III Structure
IV Character
V Continuity and Catastrophe
VI Monsters and Fossils
VII The Discourse of Nature

6 Exchanging
I The Analysis of Wealth
II Money and Prices
III Mercantilism
IV The Pledge and the Price
V The Creation of Value
VI Utility
VII General Table
VIII Desire and Representation


7 The Limits of Representation
I The Age of History
II The Measure of Labour
III The Organic Structure of Beings
IV Word Inflection
V Ideology and Criticism
VI Objective Syntheses

8 Labour, Life, Language
I The New Empiricities
II Ricardo
III Cuvier
IV Bopp
V Language Become Object

9 Man and His Doubles
I The Return of Language
II The Place of the King
III The Analytic of Finitude
IV The Empirical and the Transcendental
V The 'Cogito' and the Unthought
VI The Retreat and Return of the Origin
VII Discourse and Man's Being
VIII The Anthropological Sleep

10 The HumanSciences
I The Three Faces of Knowledge
II The Form of the Human Sciences
III The Three Models
IV History
V Psychoanalysis and Ethnology
VI In conclusion
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