The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences

Michel Foucault

The book’s central claim is that all periods of history have possessed certain underlying conditions of truth that constituted what was acceptable as, for example, scientific discourse. Foucault argues that these conditions of discourse (“epistemes”) have changed over time from one period’s “episteme” to another. Foucault demonstrates the parallelisms in the development of three fields: linguistics, biology, and economics. Foucault then argues that shifts in epistemes were caused by changes in conceptions of language. The book was a huge success in his native France and established Michel Foucault as a major intellectual figure.

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genre Philosophy » General Philosophy
publisher Random House, Inc
publish date 1970
popularity checked out 3 time(s)


  • By Sam Swicord -

    Foucault’s work on ‘epistemes’. A great work for anyone interested in the history of science and philosophy of science.

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