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    Kellye M

    Foucault begins his discussion of epistemology in The Order of Things through, of all things, a fifteen-page critique of a painting by Velasquez, an unusual choice for a book about the history of knowledge. However, discussion of the painting becomes an essential metaphor for the idea of representation, which Foucault later builds upon in the subsequent chapters. This discussion will address the multiple points of view in the painting itself, where he places the idea of sovereignty, and the importance of the look in determining point-of-view. Thus, this discussion will seek to engage both aesthetic questions, as well as the implied underlying description of knowledge.

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