Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Civilization - 282 pages
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In this classic account of madness, Michel Foucault demonstrates why his position as one of the most distinguished of European philosophers since the end of World War II is beyond doubt; his influence dominates contemporary thinking. Madness and Civilization is Foucault's first major text and is seminal to the study of his work, since his other books expand on themes established here: power and imprisonment are at the very heart of this study. Evoking shock, pity and fascination, this book aims to change the way the reader thinks about society and the nature of selfhood."
  

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User Review  - Maarten Bouwmans - Goodreads

Damn hard book to judge through the measure of stars... Beautifully written, rich in sources, and very broad analysis of it's topics. The reasonings applied are sometimes strange to me, for example ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica La La La La La! - Goodreads

Pascal: "Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness." (ix) If folly leads each man into a blindness where he is lost, the madman, on the contrary, reminds ... Read full review

Contents

The Great Confinement
35
The Insane
61
Passion and Delirium
80
Aspects of Madness m
111
Doctors and Patients
151
The Great Fear
189
The New Division
210
The Birth of the Asylum
229
CONCLUSION
265
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Michel Foucault (1926-1984) Celebrated French thinker and activist who challenged people's assumptions about care of the mentally ill, gay rights, prisons, the police and welfare.

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