Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
ISBN: 067972110X
EAN13: 9780679721109
Language: English
Publication Date: Nov 28, 1988
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 7.95" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.66 lbs.
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When it was first published in France in 1961 as Folie et D raison: Histoire de la Folie l' ge Classique, few had heard of a thirty-four year old philosopher by the name of Michel Foucault. By the time an abridged English edition was published in 1967 as Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault had shaken the intellectual world.

This translation is the first English edition of the complete French texts of the first and second edition, including all prefaces and appendices, some of them unavailable in the existing French edition.

History of Madness begins in the Middle Ages with vivid descriptions of the exclusion and confinement of lepers. Why, Foucault asks, when the leper houses were emptied at the end of the Middle Ages, were they turned into places of confinement for the mad? Why, within the space of several months in 1656, was one out of every hundred people in Paris confined?

Shifting brilliantly from Descartes and early Enlightenment thought to the founding of the H pital G n ral in Paris and the work of early psychiatrists Philippe Pinel and Samuel Tuke, Foucault focuses throughout, not only on scientific and medical analyses of madness, but also on the philosophical and cultural values attached to the mad. He also urges Read More chevron_right

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