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Foucault's claim that the Renaissance organised knowledge in terms of the episteme of resemblance can be challenged in principle and on empirical grounds. I argue that the empirical challenge can be delivered, first, by pointing to three Shakespeare scenes in which the use of analogy as a means of presenting knowledge is repudiated; and, second, by pointing to alternative ways of organising knowledge: classical authority, logic and rhetoric. The "theoretical" challenge must be delivered bydoi:10.4102/lit.v11i3.811 fatcat:ftg7idmr6jeu5mnqofka4arwc4