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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (11 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415267374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415267373
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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'Foucault's most important work.' - Hayden V. White

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Michel Foucault (1926-84). Celebrated French thinker and activist who challenged people's assumptions about care of the mentally ill, gay rights, prisons, the police and welfare.


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By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2002
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The order of things is complex, and Foucault's writing style fluctuates between the need for re-reading a paragraph at least twice to understand it to whole chapters virtually reading themselves. The central plank of the book is how language, work, and life are preceived through his three epistemes or ages - of before the sixteenth century, c1650-1800 (the classical period), and post-late eighteenth-century. Foucault's 'episteme' sees him set out to find and articulate the 'perimeter', the outerlimits of the ways people can perceive things at a given time. It is a hard read, as should be expected for a book on the order of all things, but a work of complete genius.
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Though a difficult text to manage and ridden with complexity, points of internal anxiety, and even requiring some knowledge derived from elsewhere, Foucault's text is an excavation on the order of symbols and the categories of thought which the Classical era brought, especially to Western Europe. Rather than a direct, localised understanding of human history, Foucault's text serves to abstract and dissolve certain concrete concepts which are established within social convention and structure. By looking at several means of symbolism including the meaning implied by Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote", Foucault gives his archaeology of thought a certain cultural relevance, and a certain sense of humanity trying to reach beyond itself, into new symbols which defy the physical restrictions before it. His impetus, a certain undisclosed work by Jorge Luis Borges, is also very curious. A Spanish poet and novelist inspired by latent depth and complexity, and the work of the earliest and most pivotal philosopher of the enlightenment, Benedict de Spinoza, the intention running beneath the challenging text is quite clear: Foucault seeks like one of his several inspirations, Friedrich Nietzsche (the champion of freethinking in the nineteenth century), to uncover certain latent potentials underlying the rigid organisation of human thought.

The text does not represent hypothesis as much as it does represent discovery, and Foucault keeps a consistent academic tone within his writing. His purpose is clear: to create a set of instruments and precise tools of criticism and thought for certain modes of thinking about knowledge as containment, knowledge as something quite distinct from actual human thought and understanding.
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This book is a must read for anyone whos mind wonders about how their mind wonders. it is not an easy read, but it is worth the effort.
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I want to buy this book on Kindle, but I can't because there are no page numbers. As a student I need to page numbers if wish to cite the author. Please put page numbers on academic books.
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Incomprehensible but brilliant
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By Lachezar on 11 Mar. 2013
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The order came earlier in perfect condition. I am very happy with the purchase. 10 from 10. And the book is definitely 'must have' for people interested in International Relations and Politics !!!
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