Madness and civilization a history of insanity in the age of reason french folie et draison histoire de la folie lge classique is a 1964 abridged edition of a 1961 book by the french philosopher michel foucault. The history of madness is an inspiring and classic work that challenges us to understand madness reason and power and the forces that shape them read more read less give the gift of reading now 1999. Challenging entrenched views of madness and reason history of madness is one of the classics of 20th century thought it is foucaults first major work written in a dazzling and sometimes enigmatic literary style. Andrew scull is the author of madness in civilization a cultural history of insanity from the bible to freud from the madhouse to modern medicine and distinguished professor of sociology and science studies at the university of california san diego. Review of history of madness by james hollis reprinted by permission of the california literary review wwwcalitreviewcom foucault michel history of madnessnew york routledge 2006 is it not by locking up ones neighbor that one convinces oneself of ones own good sense
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