The Politics of Experience

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Pantheon Books, 1967 - Psychology - 138 pages
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R.D. Laing is at his most wickedly iconoclastic in this eloquent assault on conventional morality. Unorthodox to some, brilliantly original to others, The Politics of Experience goes beyond the usual theories of mental illness and alienation, and makes a convincing case for the "madness of morality." Compelling, unsettling, consistently absorbing, The Politics of Experience is a classic of genuine importance that will "excite, enthrall, and disturb. No one who reads it will remain unaffected." (Rollo May, Saturday Review)

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Review: The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

I am having a hard time finding words for this book. It is ostensibly about Psychiatry, and a few sections treat that subject fairly specifically, but the more striking parts of the book seem to have ... Read full review

Review: The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise

User Review  - Cameron Rogers - Goodreads

RD Laing's best known work came out at a time of idealism, and "free love" when psychedelic drugs were briefly seen to possess the cure all to the woes of society. If only LBJ and Brezhnev could have ... Read full review


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About the author (1967)

R.D. Laing was born in Scotland and studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, where he later taught. He served as a psychiatrist and physician for the army and public clinics before turning to private family pratice as a psychoanalyst in the 1960s.

Dr. Laing wrote several books, including The Divided Self, Reason and Violence, The Politics of the Family, and The Voice of Experience. He died in 1989.

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