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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Reads like eating many French saws in succession. A painfully edifying bad trip that reveals the brief and brutal history of the nascent science of psychology. A reminder to stay suspect of minimally ... Read full review

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A brilliant study of madness in the Middle Ages through the early 1800s, and captures the erosion of freedom for those considered insane. Asylums serve the same purpose as prisons in Discipline and ... 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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