History of Madness

History of Madness

Book - 2006
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Challenging entrenched views of madness and reason, History of Madness is one of the classics of 20th century thought. It is Foucaultʼs first major work, written in a dazzling and sometimes enigmatic literary style. It also introduces many of the inspiring and radical themes that he was to write about throughout his life, above all the nature of power and social exclusion. 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? Foucaultʼs bold and controversial answer is that throughout modern history, madness has meant isolation, repression and exclusion. Even the Enlightenment, which attempted to educate and include the mad, ended up imprisoning them in a moral world. As Foucault famously declared to
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2006
ISBN: 9780415277013
Branch Call Number: 616.89009 F821H
Characteristics: xxxix, 725 p., [6] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Murphy, Jonathan
Khalfa, Jean


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