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Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas by Jonathan P. Eburne (review)

Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas by Jonathan P. Eburne (review) and to the survival of places where thinkers at the edges of neoliberal capital can continue to thrive and do fine work.  The City College of New York h. aram Veeser Jonathan P. Eburne, Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018, 464 pp. Michel Foucault asserted in its Preface that e Th Order of Thing “ sarose out of a passage in Borges” and the laughter that it had elicited. There—Foucault does not name the source, but it was Borges’s strange essay, “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins”—reference is made to “a certain Chinese encyclopedia,” called the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, in which animals are divided into the following 14 categories: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) fren- zied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cet , era (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies. The uncanny logic undergirding this system of categorization might give us pause, as we imagine our own more familiar ways http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas by Jonathan P. Eburne (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 43 – Nov 15, 2019

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and to the survival of places where thinkers at the edges of neoliberal capital can continue to thrive and do fine work.  The City College of New York h. aram Veeser Jonathan P. Eburne, Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018, 464 pp. Michel Foucault asserted in its Preface that e Th Order of Thing “ sarose out of a passage in Borges” and the laughter that it had elicited. There—Foucault does not name the source, but it was Borges’s strange essay, “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins”—reference is made to “a certain Chinese encyclopedia,” called the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, in which animals are divided into the following 14 categories: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) fren- zied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cet , era (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies. The uncanny logic undergirding this system of categorization might give us pause, as we imagine our own more familiar ways

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 15, 2019

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