Les Mots et Les Choses. Une archéologie des sciences humaines.

FOUCAULT Michel (1966.)

£1500.00  [First Edition]

First edition, first printing. 8vo (225 x 140mm). 400, [8], pp., with one folding plate. Original printed wrappers (spine slightly creased). Paris, Galimard. 

A presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Maurice Rat (1891-1969), linguist and Professor of Classics and Literature, and his wife on the front free endpaper. Also a review ("service de press") copy, designated by a small perforated stamp to the lower rear wrapper and final few leaves, with the original review prospectus laid in and dated "Mars 1966". A renowned translator of Greek and Latin classics, his publications included a notable translation of the Aeneid and two significant texts books on Greek and Latin translation. Rat was president of the Société des amis de Montaigne and edited what is widely considered to be the most complete edition of Montaigne's collected works with Albert Thibaudet. He was recognised by the Académie Française in 1959. 

The book that established Foucault's reputation as a leading public intellectual in France, The Order of Things is perhaps the fullest expression of the archeological method, used implicitly in Madness and Civilization (1961) and The Birth of the Clinic (1963), and outlined explicitly in The Archaeology of Knowledge (1969), Foucault's only methodological work. The archaeological method is premised upon the conception that discursive formations or systems of thought and knowledge are constructed and governed by rules, beyond those of grammar and logic, that operate beneath the consciousness of individual subjects and define a system of conceptual possibilities that determines the boundaries of thought in a given domain and period. In The Order of Things, Foucault brought this method to bear on epistemic shifts in the question of representation from the Renaissance to the present, placing particular emphasis on the role played by the development of the human sciences in the categorisation of knowledge.

Stock Code: 228936

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