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 shows once and for all why he is one of the most distinguished European philosophers since the end of World War II. Madness and Civilization, Foucault's first book and his finest accomplishment, will change the way in which you think about society. Evoking shock, pity and fascination, it might also make you question the way you think about yourself.
  

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... so well researched. - Goodreads
His writing style was generally dry and wordy. - Goodreads
Foucault is a real master of prose. - Goodreads
... as a succinct word of advice: skip the conclusion. - Goodreads

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More like 2.5 stars because it's Foucault and your eyes just glaze over for long stretches of his work but I was really interested in certain parts of it. Read full review

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not that the sleep of reason produces monsters, but rather reason always already contained the monsters, and requires them as the condition of its own possibility. good stuff re: 'the great confinement' and the beginnings of capitalism. 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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