- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (17 May 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415253853
- ISBN-13: 978-0415253857
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Michel Foucault's Madness and Civilization has been, without a shadow of a doubt, the most original, influential, and controversial text in this field during the last forty years. It remains as challenging now as on first publication.' - Roy Porter
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Perhaps the French philosopher's masterpiece, which is concerned with an extraordinary question: What does it mean to be mad? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Foucault is very free with his style in this work and the tempo changes to accomodate different historical moods, as if he is in some kind of empathy or zeitgeist with the periods he lights up for us.
I wouldn't say that this is a pleasant read, since it deals with the harsh realities of confinement and the treating of inmates as animals - or less than - in some periods of time, but it feels very much like a necessary read, for anyone wondering how the medical perspective on madnes has become so hypostasised and final. In this respect the work is part of the bigger "archeology" of Foucault's other writings (which I am now undertaking). So, I guess I can conclude about this work, it definitely got me interested in a bigger picture and opened me to the significance that history plays behind the scenes of everyday life. Not light reading, but definitely worthwhile.
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Fantastic boom, highly recommend. Great condition, great packaging. Cannot fault.Published 5 months ago by culturevulture
could Foucault be any more deliberately opaque? great ideas but terrible, just terrible writing.Published 12 months ago by Anna
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