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  - James - Goodreads

You can feel the feverishness of the writing as soon as it begins. Nonsensical in parts - a lot of words to communicate ideas that are neither complex nor thoroughly thought. 'The sky is blue ... Read full review

Review: The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise

User Review  - David Balfour - Goodreads

Offensively bad. He completely denies the practicality of the (admittedly subjective) views society forces upon us regarding 'normality' and mental illness. While these are certainly an evil in ... 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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