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Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

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In this classic account of madness, Michel Foucault shows why he is one of the most distinguished European philosophers since the end of World War II. His influence dominates contemporary thinking. Madness and Civilization is Foucault's first book. His other books expand on themes established here: power and imprisonment are at the very heart of this study. Madness and Civilization could 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."

In this classic account of madness, Michel Foucault shows why he is one of the most distinguished European philosophers since the end of World War II. His influence dominates contemporary thinking. Madness and Civilization is Foucault's first book. His other books expand on themes established here: power and imprisonment are at the very heart of ...

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Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, by , is an examination of the ideas, practices, institutions, art and literature relating to in Western history. It is the abridged English edition of Histoire de la folie à l'âge classique, originally published in 1961 under the title Folie et déraison. Histoire de la folie à l'âge classique. A full translation titled The History of Madness was published by in June 2006. This was Foucault's first major book, written while he was the Director of the Maison de France in Sweden.