Madness And Civilization
ISBN: 067972110X
EAN13: 9780679721109
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 28, 1988
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 7.95" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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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   I have read birth of the prison system and really enjoy it. I needed a pencil
This book is hard work, down to the convoluted writing style. I have read the birth of the prison system and really enjoyed it. I needed a pencil, paper and Google search to understand what he was talking about a lot of time. He makes reference to obscure art and books that he assumes you will be as familiar as E.T. Once I got into the swing of it, I loved this book. One of those books that will really change the way you see the world and insanity. Rollo May lacks the heart of a book like that of Rollo May, but is a really important book, a must read.
   Beware of audiobook: Had to return/refund due to narrator
Like so many others who listened to the audiobook version, I experienced such difficulty in understanding the narrator that I couldn t listen to the book. I tried really hard, too. I thought I might get used to it after a while, but it did not take. After nearly two hours, I gave up, called Audible and asked for a refund, and they granted it quickly for the return of the audiobook.
   Careful to pages, Vintage edition are faulty
Be careful because some vintage editions have a defect : pages 113-144 can be found twice and pages 144-176 are missing. I will have to read another book to buy the missing pages.
   Good read. Not guaranteed the whole book...
Difficult, but interesting to read! Part of the book was, however, MISSING?! Duplicate chapters in a brand new book from Amazon? What are you waiting for?
   Missing Pages
To repeat what another reviewer has previously posted, pages 145-176 are completely missing from this book, while 113-144 are printed twice. I would recommend that the seller check the stock to be sure that the remaining books are not also misprinted.
   Missing Pages
The pages 145-177 are entirely missing from the book. In their place, duplicated pages are. I don 't know why, but I think that is odd. Fortunately, I found a free pdf of this book online. I don 't like to read for long periods of time on my computer. So, I will now read those missing pages on my computer, since I need to have this read by a certain date. Be wary about ordering this book.
   Who does society tuck away out of sight?
This requires high IQ and mental work to read. But it is full of rich historical details I had not known before and evokes consideration of our contemporary moral stance towards the excluded.