Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
ISBN: 067972110X
EAN13: 9780679721109
Language: English
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Book Overview
Michel Foucault examines the archeology of madness in the West from 1500 to 1800 - from the late Middle Ages, when insanity was still considered part of everyday life and fools and lunatics walked the streets freely, to the time when such people began to be considered a threat, asylums were first built, and walls were erected between the insane and the rest of humanity.
Editor Reviews
From the front Cover Perhaps the French philosopher's masterpiece, which is concerned with an extraordinary question: What does it mean to be mad?