Madness and Civilization

Author(s): Michel Foucault


In this classic account of madness, Michel Foucault shows once and for all why he is one of the most distinguished European philosophers since the end of World War II. Madness and Civilization, Foucault's first book and his finest accomplishment, will change the way in which you think about society. Evoking shock, pity and fascination, it might also make you question the way you think about yourself.


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'Time has proved Madness and Civilization by far the most penetrating work ever written on the history of madness (and, above all the history of reason).' - Roy Porter

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) Celebrated French thinker and activist who challenged people's assumptions about care of the mentally ill, gay rights, prisons, the police and welfare.

Introduction by David Cooper, Preface; 1."Stultifera Navis"; 2.The Great Confinement; 3.The Insane; 4.Passion and Delirium; 5; Aspects of Madness; 6.Doctors and Patients; 7.The Great Fear; 8.The New Division; 9.The Birth of the Asylum; Conclusion; Notes

General Fields

  • : 9780415253857
  • : Taylor & Francis Group
  • : Routledge
  • : 0.317515
  • : May 2001
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Western philosophy, from c 1900 -; Psychiatry
  • : 304
  • : 132.1
  • : English
  • : New edition
  • : Paperback
  • : Michel Foucault